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Old 04-08-2020, 10:37 AM
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Default Twice now Iíve wanted to buy a Louisiana boat

I know the usual, if the boat doesnít have a title you canít register it in FL business but twice now Iíve found boats in Louisiana that I wanted to buy that donít have titles. LA doesnít require a title so all the boats there that Iíve found, the owners only have the registration paperwork.

Is there some small chance that because the lack of title is state permitted, that thereís a way to register the boat in FL?

I know itís unlikely but hoping one of you has some firsthand experience with this.
Old 04-08-2020, 11:08 AM
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Not true, my little boat lived in Georgia and it didn’t have a title, When I consolidated back to Florida only and brought it down I walked into DMV with registration and walked out with FL numbers and a title in mail couple days later

easy. Happens all day every day

https://www.flhsmv.gov/motor-vehicle...registrations/
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Head to the DMV in Florida and they'll get you squared away.
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Awesome thank you
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You are getting bad info somewhere.

Florida is intimately familiar with the 20 something states that still do not title boats. All you need is a bill of sale and the current registration issued by that state. Remember to itemize the boat, motor and accessory amounts on your bill of sale or else you will pay sales tax on the whole thing.

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Originally Posted by JimInVero View Post
Not true, my little boat lived in Georgia and it didnít have a title, When I consolidated back to Florida only and brought it down I walked into DMV with registration and walked out with FL numbers and a title in mail couple days later

easy. Happens all day every day

https://www.flhsmv.gov/motor-vehicle...registrations/
Only potential issue is the trailer which you may have to have weighed if it's not in the FL system. Kind of a pain but no big deal.

I simply brought a copy of the previous registration(I think it has a spot for selling) and a bill of sale. No issues(GA to FL).
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I just moved from LA to FL. LA does not title boats but started doing motors a few years ago. I just received my FL title in the mail today for my skiff. I had to send in the LA registration papers and proof I owned the boat for more than 6 months. I assume this is to prove I didn't buy recently to avoid FL taxes. On my USCG documented vessel I am having to move the hailing port to FL but it will not require a title since it is USCG documented. So if you buy a boat in LA that is USCG documented, from what I am being told, I don't have to get a FL title.

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