California Boating Information
Registration Questions:(916) 657-8013
Boating Registration Website:
State Tax Department Website:
Registration Grace Period (Days):120 days
Boat Sales & Use Tax Rate:7.5% but can reach up to 10% with additional local taxes
Credit For Tax Paid In Another State:Yes
State Decal Required For Documented Vessel:No
Boat Titles Issued:Yes

Local Sales and Use Tax also apply

Refund of tax paid on gasoline used in boats while more than 3 miles from shore or on waters located on private property.  Visit for additional information.

Boating Law Administrator(916) 327-1823
Maximum Speed Limit:55 MPH
Maximum Dimensions For Trailer:40'L x 8'6"W x 14' H
Maximum Overall Length with Vehicle & Trailer:65'
Minimum Weight Requiring Separate Trailer Brakes:1500 lbs.
Trailer Equipment Requirements:
Safety Chains:Yes
Brake Lights:Yes
Clearance Lights:Yes
License Light:Yes
Turn Signals:Yes
Flares:Yes (Over 80" Wide)
Breakaway Breaks:Yes (Must hold for 15 minutes)
Oversize or Overweight Permit:(916) 322-1297
For specific questions about boating issues or BoatUS Government Affairs, please e-mail the department at