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I live out-of-state, my boat is registered out-of-state and I want to use the boat in Florida. Can this be done?
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Not a Manatee County resident?  Effective 7/24/17, Out-of-County residents needing to process title and/or registration transactions for vehicles, boats, and mobile homes can only be served at First Manatee South County Tag Agency, located at 5756 14th St W, Bradenton.

Yes, the State of Florida recognizes valid registration certificates and numbers from another state issued to visiting boaters for a period of 90-days on recreational boats only.  You can operate your out-of-state registered boat on Florida waterways without obtaining a Florida registration/decal.

However, if you reside in Florida for more than 90-days, you must either title and register your boat in Florida or purchase a Sojourner registration (if you plan on taking the boat back to your home state).

To obtain a Sojourner registration, you must:

  1. Provide a copy of the out-of-state registration showing the boat details, out of state # and owner names.
  2. Complete Form 87244 Application for Non-Titled Boat

Please Note: The Sojourner registration can only be processed at our DeSoto Office or the First Manatee South County Tag Agency.

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