North Carolina Boating Information
Registration Questions:(800) 628-3773
Boating Registration Website:http://www.ncwildlife.org/Boating/RegistrationTitling.aspx
State Tax Department Website:http://www.dor.state.nc.us/
Registration Grace Period (Days):90 days
Boat Sales & Use Tax Rate:4.75%
Credit For Tax Paid In Another State:Yes
State Decal Required For Documented Vessel:Yes
Boat Titles Issued:Yes
Notes:Maximum tax due is $1,500

refund for highway/Road fuel taxes paid on marine fuel:
Recreational boaters can apply for a refund of the state sales tax on gasoline and diesel fuel that is purchased at a highway pump for use in their boats. The current refund is approximately $0.18 per gallon, after taking the current tax of $0.242 and subtracting a use fee of $0.06. The claims are filed annually, and must have original sales invoices attached. Boaters may claim a refund back three years, as long as they have the receipts attached.

To download form Gas 1201 directly off the Internet, go to www.dor.state.nc.us/forms/. Once there, click on Motor Fuels and then scroll down to Gas-1201. For more information, call (919) 733-3409.

Boating Law Administrator(919) 707-0030
Maximum Speed Limit:Posted Speed Limit
Maximum Dimensions For Trailer:48'L x 8'6"W x 13'6"H
Maximum Overall Length with Vehicle & Trailer:60'
Minimum Weight Requiring Separate Trailer Brakes:4000 lbs.
Trailer Equipment Requirements:
Safety Chains:Yes
Brake Lights:Yes
Taillights:Yes
Clearance Lights:Yes
License Light:Yes
Turn Signals:Yes
Reflectors:Yes
Flares:N/A
Breakaway Breaks:Yes, 4000 lbs, and up
Tiedowns:N/A
Two Trailers:No Commercial Only
Insurance:Not required specifically for the trailer, may fall under the vehicle insurance.
Oversize/Overweight Permit Office:(888) 574-6683
Website:https://connect.ncdot.gov/business/trucking/Pages/overpermits.aspx
For specific questions about boating issues or BoatUS Government Affairs, please e-mail the department at GovtAffairs@BoatUS.com

North Carolina Boating Alerts:

NC Boaters Beware at the Pump

If you fill your boat up at Sheetz gas stations in North Carolina beware of E15 or gasoline containing 15 percent corn-ethanol.

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NC Boaters Alert: New $72-$1300
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