Registration Requirements and ProceduresThe Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) registers boats. The steps you will need to take to apply for TX boat registration will depend on if you have a new boat, or a used boat that is not currently registered or titled. New Boat RegistrationTo register your new boat in Texas, you'll need:
Payment for your boat registration fee. See "Texas Boat Registration Fees" below.
For other specific transactions, visit the TPWD's web page. Texas Boat Registration FeesRegistration fees are based on the length of your boat:
16 ft: $32.
Livery boat less than 16 ft: $32.
16 ft to 26 ft: $53.
26 ft to 40 ft: $110.
40 ft or more: $150.
Registration Renewals and ReplacementsBoat registrations are valid for 2 years in Texas. You can renew your TX boat registration online, bymail, or in person at any TPWD office. Renew OnlineTo process your renewal online, you will need to use your VISA, Discover, or MasterCard. Use the receipt as a temporary registration certificate (valid for up to 45 days) until your decals and permanent registration card arrive in the mail. Renew by MailYou can also mail your renewal notice or a Vessel/Boat Records Maintenance (Form PWD 143M) or a renewal request letter to: TPWD 4200 Smith School Road Austin, Texas 78744 Renew in PersonYou can also renew your Texas boat registration by visiting any TPWD office. To expedite the process, either bring your renewal notification or a completed Vessel/Boat Records Maintenance (Form PWD 143M). Replace Lost Boat RegistrationIf you need a duplicate copy of your Texas boat registration card, you'll need to drop off a completed Vessel/Boat Records Maintenance (Form PWD 143M) at any TPWD office. Boater Safety Courses in TexasAnyone born on or after September 1, 1993 must complete a certified boater safety course.
Online: State-approved third parties often offer convenient online classes—check with the TPWD for details.