Vessel Registration Fees

Section 328.72(18), Florida Statutes, provides reduced vessel registration fees for a recreational vessel equipped with an Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon (EPIRB) or for a recreational vessel when the owner possesses a Personal Locator Beacon (PLB).

The chart below indicates the current fee as well as the reduced fee based on the classification of the vessel if it is equipped with an EPIRB or if the owner of the vessel has a PLB.






Class A-1

Less than 12 feet




Class A-2

12 to less than 16 feet




Class 1

16 to less than 26 feet




Class 2

26 to less than 40 feet




Class 3

40 to less than 65 feet




Class 4

65 to less than 110 feet




Class 5

110 or more in length




Dealer Registration




Registration fees also include a $2.25 service fee, a $2.00 Aquatic Plate Fee and a $1.00 Save the Manatee Trust Fund fee, not included in the fees above.

An additional $50 commercial vessel license fee is required of all non-residents or aliens unless specifically exempted by statute.

*The Optional County Fee is retained by the county where the vessel is registered. Counties that charge the Optional County Fee are: Broward, Charlotte, Collier, Dade, Hardee, Hillsborough, Lee, Manatee, Martin, Monroe, Palm Beach, Pinellas, Polk, Sarasota and Volusia.

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