North Carolina Boating Information
Registration Questions:(800) 628-3773
Boating Registration Website:
State Tax Department Website:
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 Once there, click on Motor Fuels and then scroll down to Gas-1201. For more information, call (919) 733-3409.

Smarter Boater Registration and Dredging Bill Awaits Governor's Action

Please thank your State Senator and Representative for passing a smarter S.B. 58 which raises boater registration fees in a common sense manner while generating reasonable means to pay for dredging North Carolina's coastal inlets and essential waterways as well as inland lakes.

S.B. 58, which was amended and added to the House Budget Bill has passed the House and now awaits Governor Pat McCrory's signature.

For specific questions about boating issues or BoatUS Government Affairs, please e-mail the department at

2008 North Carolina Boating News Archive

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
Clearance Lights:Yes
License Light:Yes
Turn Signals:Yes
Breakaway Breaks:Yes, 4000 lbs, and up
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
For specific questions about boating issues or BoatUS Government Affairs, please e-mail the department at

North Carolina Boating Alerts:

New Registration Fees and Dredging Plan on Governor McCrory's Desk


E15 now at Pumps in North Carolina - Buyer Beware

Testing by the DOE has indicated that higher blends of ethanol such as E15 can cause engine failure in marine engines and currently North Carolina sells E15 at the same roadside gas pumps where you may fuel your trailer boat. E15, or gasoline with 15% corn-ethanol may also be enticing because it is commonly the lowest-priced fuel at the pump. Please make sure to take a good, long look at the pump before selecting fuel for your boat. Currently there is no marine engine warrantied to run on any gasoline fuel containing over 10% ethanol.