Washington DC Boating Information
Registration Questions:(202) 727-4582
Boating Registration Website:http://mpdc.dc.gov
State Tax Department Website:http://cfo.dc.gov/
Registration Grace Period (Days):50 days
Boat Sales & Use Tax Rate:5.75%
Credit For Tax Paid In Another State:No
State Decal Required For Documented Vessel:Yes
Boat Titles Issued:Yes

There are no current local boating issues. Please check back periodically for updates or email us a story at GovtAffairs@BoatUS.com.

Boating Law Administrator(202) 727-4583
Maximum Speed Limit:Posted Speed Limit
Maximum Dimensions For Trailer:40' L x 8' 6" W x 13'6" H
Maximum Overall Length with Vehicle & Trailer:55'
Minimum Weight Requiring Separate Trailer Brakes:3000 lbs.
Trailer Equipment Requirements:
Safety Chains:Yes
Brake Lights:Yes
Taillights:Yes
Clearance Lights:Yes
License Light:Yes
Turn Signals:Yes
Reflectors:Yes
Flares:No
Breakaway Breaks:Y es, over 3,000 lbs, 15 minutes upon breakaway
Tiedowns:N/A
Two Trailers:No
Insurance:Yes
Public Place Permit Office:(202) 442-4670
Website:https://tops.ddot.dc.gov
For specific questions about boating issues or BoatUS Government Affairs, please e-mail the department at GovtAffairs@BoatUS.com

Washington DC Boating Alerts:

Boat at Belle Haven Marina?
The National Park Service’s (NPS) proposed management plan of Dyke Marsh, could endanger the future of this marina and the only public boat launch in 20 miles of the Virginia side of the Potomac River. Read more

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Comment-Period Ends Midnight Tuesday, March 18, 2014