New York Boating Information
Registration Questions:(518) 474-0445
Boating Registration Website:
State Tax Department Website:
Registration Grace Period (Days):90 days
Boat Sales & Use Tax Rate:4% but can reach up to 8.75% with local taxes
Credit For Tax Paid In Another State:Yes
State Decal Required For Documented Vessel:Yes
Boat Titles Issued:Yes
Notes:Varies by locality; vessels brought in for repair are exempt.

USCG Issues New Rules for Tappan Zee Bridge Boaters

The U.S. Coast Guard has issued new restrictions on boating in the area of the Tappan Zee Bridge to reflect the increase in construction activity in the river. All boaters are now required to use the main channel, reduce wake and use extreme caution when moving through the area. The restrictions extend from 300 yards north of the existing bridge to 200 yards south of it. More information about the Coast Guard’s regulations can be found at and will be broadcast regularly on maritime channels. The new rules will remain in effect until construction of the new bridge is completed in 2018.

New York Boating Certificate Measure Passes, Now awaits Governor’s Signature

 On June 21, 2013, new legislation passed in New York making it mandatory for all boaters under the age 18 to take a boating safety course. All legacy adult boaters 18 and older are exempt from taking the course. The bill will become active starting on January 1, 2014 and there will be a 120-day grace period to obtain a boating safety certificate. The bill, sponsored in the Senate by David Carlucci (D-Clarkstown) and in the Assembly by Sandy Galef (D-Ossining), requires boat operators born on or after May 1, 1996, to have a certificate showing completion of a safety course. First-time violators could face fines of $100 to $250.

BoatU.S. worked with state legislative staff to ensure that if a boating safety course were required by the state, that an online option was available. , Currently BoatU.S. offers the only FREE on-line boater safety education course recognized by the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA). By including an on-line option it cuts down on costs for boaters while advocating for safe boating . BoatU.S. will continue to work with the Commissioner of Parks to ensure this on-line option to is available to make boating in New York as accessible and stress-free as possible.The measure now awaits Governor Cuomo’s signature.

Additional 2013 New York Boating Issues
2012 New York Boating Issues
2011 New York Boating Issues Archive
2009 New York Boating Issues Archive
Boating Law Administrator(518) 474-0445
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:65'
Minimum Weight Requiring Separate Trailer Brakes:3000 lbs.
Trailer Equipment Requirements:
Safety Chains:Yes
Brake Lights:Yes
Clearance Lights:Yes (Over 80" Wide)
License Light:Yes
Turn Signals:Yes
Flares:No, Commercial Only
Breakaway Breaks:Yes
Two Trailers:No
Insurance:No as long as the vehicle insurance has a rider
Wide Trailer Permit Office:(888) 783-1685
For specific questions about boating issues or BoatUS Government Affairs, please e-mail the department at