Pennsylvania Boating Information
Registration Questions:(866) 262-8734
Boating Registration Website:
State Tax Department Website:
Registration Grace Period (Days):60 days
Boat Sales & Use Tax Rate:6%
Credit For Tax Paid In Another State:Yes
State Decal Required For Documented Vessel:Yes
Boat Titles Issued:Yes
Notes:Tax is 7% in Alleganey and Philadelphia Counties
Boating Law Administrator(717) 705-7849
Maximum Speed Limit:Posted Speed Limit
Maximum Dimensions For Trailer:53'L x 8'6"W x 13'6"H
Maximum Overall Length with Vehicle & Trailer:75'
Minimum Weight Requiring Separate Trailer Brakes:3000 lbs.
Trailer Equipment Requirements:
Safety Chains:Yes
Brake Lights:Yes
Clearance Lights:Yes
License Light:Yes
Turn Signals:Yes
Breakaway Breaks:Yes
Two Trailers:Yes, Commercial Only
Insurance:Not required specifically for the trailer, may fall under the vehicle insurance.
Central Permit Office:(717) 787-4680
DIST 1: 814-678-7075
DIST 2: 814-765-0512
DIST 3: 570-368-4276
DIST 4: 570-963-3505
DIST 5: 610-798-4167
DIST 6: 610-205-6787
DIST 8: 717-787-5918
DIST 9: 814-696-7261
DIST 10: 724-357-2832
DIST 11: 412-429-4806
DIST 12: 724-439-7344
For specific questions about boating issues or BoatUS Government Affairs, please e-mail the department at

Pennsylvania Boating Alerts:

Use a lock on the Allegheny River? Public Meeting on October 24th, 2012!

Heads-up! The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) is planning to close two locks on the Allegheny River to recreational boats by the end of the year.  Click here for more information.

UPDATE! Meeting Location Changed

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