In Bucks County, Pennsylvania, proper registration is a requirement for all powered boats and personal watercraft, as mandated by the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC). As authorized agents of PFBC, we at HasPlates are fully equipped to handle various services, including title transfers, registration, registration renewals, and the application for duplicate titles on behalf of the commission. Since boats have been required to have a title since 1997, any boat purchases made after this year will need appropriate title and registration documentation. However, if you're purchasing a boat that predates 1997, please bring in all purchase paperwork so we can assist in obtaining a Pennsylvania title and registration for you.
Boat registration in Pennsylvania is valid for a two-year period. To process a title or registration transaction for PFBC, simply bring the title or registration card for the boat and a valid identification document to our office. Upon completing the necessary paperwork, you'll receive a 60-day temporary registration to be kept with you at all times while operating the vessel. Once the process is completed, PFBC will send you your permanent registration number and title.
At HasPlates, we understand the significance of proper boat registration and strive to provide efficient and reliable services to boat owners in Bucks County. Our team is well-versed in PFBC regulations and requirements, ensuring that your boat registration needs are met seamlessly. Whether it's a new title transfer, a registration renewal, or obtaining a duplicate title, our expertise and convenient temporary registration service can simplify the process for you. Visit HasPlates today to take care of all your powered boat and personal watercraft registration needs in Bucks County, Pennsylvania.
You must have the proper documentation depending on the state you are purchasing the boat from. Some states will have a title for the boat which the purchaser must obtain with proper signatures and notaries depending on that state's requirements. Other states may just have a registration card for the boat that must be obtained by the new purchaser. It is always best to call an auto tags before purchasing to find out exactly what you need. Once the proper documentation is received, there will be a registration fee which depends on boat length, a title fee of $30 and a lien fee of $20 if the boat is financed. You will also pay the sales tax on the purchase price and any service fees the auto tags location may have. You will leave the auto tags with a temporary registration that is good for 60 days while the PA Fish and Boat commission processes your application and creates your permanent registration number. The turnaround time currently for applications to be processed is 6-8 weeks.
Once a registration is completed and accepted by PA Fish and boat, your registration will be good for 2 years before it will require renewal.
In Pennsylvania, including Bucks County, boat registration and titling are typically handled by the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission, not the DMV. However, HasPlates is here to help guide you through the process. Our knowledgeable staff can provide information and assistance to ensure your boat registration and titling are handled correctly. For comprehensive vehicle and vessel registration services in Bucks County, choose HasPlates.