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Unpowered to Powered Boat Registration
Question
I own a canoe that I have registered with the Commission for several years now. This registration for a non-powered boat is current. I plan on adding a small electric motor to help me get around on the lake near my house. Do I need to register the boat as a powerboat now? If so, what amount should I pay? I've already paid the fee for a non-powered registration - does that amount get credited if I re-register as a power boat?
Answer
Registration is required on any boat that uses some form of a motor (including an electric motor) as a form of propulsion, so yes, you will need to register your boat as a motorboat. While most people realize that a boat with a large outboard motor needs to be registered, some don't know that even a canoe with an electric motor is considered a "motorboat" and is required to be registered as such.

People who do not use a motor may register their boat as a non-powered boat. Registration fees for motorboats are based on the length of the boat being registered. All registrations are issued on a 2-year cycle. Fees are listed on our Boat Registration/Titling FAQ.

To upgrade any non-powered registration, you will need to complete form REV-336 (Sections B, C & K). Indicate at the top of the form "REGISTRATION UPGRADE." In Section D (Boat Data) the owner must indicate the new propulsion and fuel codes.

As for the fees, you will owe the difference between the non-powered fee you already paid and the motorized fee. The Commission will then issue you a new registration card and decals.

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