Maryland Boating Information
Registration Questions:(877) 620-8367
Boating Registration Website:
State Tax Department Website:
Registration Grace Period (Days):90 days
Boat Sales & Use Tax Rate:5% maximum tax of $15,000
Credit For Tax Paid In Another State:No
State Decal Required For Documented Vessel:Yes
Boat Titles Issued:Yes
Notes:Excise tax is used to fund the Waterway Improvement Fund.
Boating Law Administrator(410) 260-8881
Maximum Speed Limit:Posted Speed Limit
Maximum Dimensions For Trailer:N/A'L x 8'6"W x 13' 6"H
Maximum Overall Length with Vehicle & Trailer:55'
Minimum Weight Requiring Separate Trailer Brakes:3000 lbs. and 2 or more axles
Trailer Equipment Requirements:
Safety Chains:Yes
Brake Lights:Yes
Clearance Lights:Yes
License Light:Yes
Turn Signals:Yes
Flares:No for Non Commercial, Yes for Commercial
Breakaway Breaks:Yes
Two Trailers:No
Insurance:Not required specifically for the trailer, may fall under the vehicle insurance
Overdimensional Permit Office:(410) 582-5727
For specific questions about boating issues or BoatUS Government Affairs, please e-mail the department at

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