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%; Philadelphia county can have 7-8% sales tax
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) 705-7861
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: 610-871-4167
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