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Registrations

VESSEL REGISTRATION

TITLE, REGISTRATION and RENEWAL

To operate your vessel in New Mexico, you must have a registration card and validation decal if:

      • Your vessel is propelled by machinery.
      • Your vessel is propelled, or designed to be propelled, by sail, unless it is a sailboard or windsurf board.

The registration card (certificate of number) must be carried on board whenever your vessel is used.

TITLE and REGISTRATION RULES

Vessel registration and titling is handled by the New Mexico Taxation and Revenue Department Motor Vehicle Division. Vessels that require registration and are 10 feet or longer must also be titled. The application for title must submitted to the MVD within 30 days of sale. A penalty is assessed for late applications. Contact your local MVD office and ask for an employee who can process boat transactions. At some locations, this service may be available only during certain days or hours.

The registration fee is based on the length of the vessel. The registration period ends on December 31 of the third calendar year of registration.

BOATERS VISITING NEW MEXICO

Boaters visiting New Mexico from another state may recreate on state waters for up to 90 days if the vessel is registered in another state or has current U.S. Coast Guard documentation. Once your boat has been in New Mexico for 90 consecutive days, you must either remove it from New Mexico or register it in this state.