|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
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.