Florida law requires that all motorized vessels be titled and registered. To title and register a boat in the applicant's name, you will need the following:
A Manufacturer's Certificate of Origin (MCO) form must be completed by the selling dealer and bill of sale or dealer invoice listing the purchase price, sales tax paid and trade-in allowance. Please note that additional sales tax may be due.
The title must be properly completed for transfer by the seller. Every person applying for ownership on a new or used vessel must sign the title or the application for certificate of title, or they must be present in our office to sign the application and provide personal identification.
Express Lane for Renewals
Our new service for renewing a registration for your vehicle, boat or mobile home allows you to pay online and pick up your renewal from one of our offices the same or next day.
Same Day Pick Up
- For same day pick up, renew online before 3 p.m, Monday through Friday.
- Under delivery options, select “Pick up at a Tax Collector Office Location” and select your desired location.
- Renewals paid after 3 p.m. can be picked up the next business day between 9 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.
- Note: If you do not pick up your registration by the end of the business day, the registration will be mailed to the address on record.
Things to Remember
Things to know:
- Have your renewal notice, registration or license plate number, and proof of insurance available.
- $2.50 convenience fee for debit cards
- 2.5% convenience fee for credit cards
- No fee when paying by E-Check
- Show your photo ID and you are ready to go!
- When you receive the ready for pick up email, go to the location you selected and go to the designated "Express Lane" station.
- You should expect two emails, the first confirming your payment and the second to let you know when your registration is ready for pickup. Allow one hour minimum for processing.
Tax & Registration
Sales tax must be paid unless the transaction is exempt.
Registrations are renewed annually. Boat registrations will be issued to expire annually during the birth month of the first owner listed on the registration. For company-owned boats, the expiration date is June 30.
Courtesy Renewal Notices
Please note that Florida law does not provide for boat registration renewal notices. The St. Lucie County Tax Collector provides renewal notices as a courtesy to resident boat owners. The courtesy renewal notices are mailed several weeks prior to the month in which the registration expires. Failure to receive a renewal notice by mail does not relieve the boat owner of the their responsibility to renew their boat registration in a timely manner.
Individuals operating a motorized vessel without a current registration are subject to be cited for a non-criminal infraction.