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Introduced by   Senator Ayer of Addison District and Senator Giard of Addison District

Referred to Committee on


Subject:  Motor vehicles; motorboats; registration fees; mosquito control

Statement of purpose:  This bill proposes to increase the fees for motorboat registrations and allocate the additional revenue toward statewide mosquito control.


It is hereby enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Vermont:

Sec. 1.  23 V.S.A. § 3305(b), (c)(3)(A), (d), and (j) are amended to read:

(b)  Annually, the owner of each motorboat required to be registered by this state shall file an application for a number with the commissioner of motor vehicles on forms approved by him or her.  The application shall be signed by the owner of the motorboat and shall be accompanied by a fee of $17.00 $18.70 and a surcharge of $5.00 $5.50 for a motorboat in class A; by a fee of $28.00 $30.80 and a surcharge of $10.00 $11.00 for a motorboat in class 1; by a fee of $55.00 $60.50 and a surcharge of $10.00 $11.00 for a motorboat in class 2; by a fee of $121.00 $133.10 and a surcharge of $10.00 $11.00 for a motorboat in class 3.  Upon receipt of the application in approved form, the commissioner shall enter the application upon the records of the department of motor vehicles and issue to the applicant a registration certificate stating the number awarded to the motorboat and the name and address of the owner.  The owner shall paint on or attach to each side of the bow of the motorboat the identification number in such manner as may be prescribed by rules of the commissioner in order that it may be clearly visible.  The registration shall be void one year from the first day of the month following the month of issue.  A vessel of less than 10 horsepower used as a tender to a registered vessel shall be deemed registered, at no additional cost, and shall have painted or attached to both sides of the bow, the same registration number as the registered vessel with the number “1” after the number.  The number shall be maintained in legible condition.  The registration certificate shall be pocket size and shall be available at all times for inspection on the motorboat for which issued, whenever the motorboat is in operation.  A duplicate registration may be obtained upon payment of a fee of $2.00 $2.20 to the commissioner.

(c)  A person engaged in the manufacture or sale of motorboats of a type otherwise required to be registered by this subchapter, upon application to the commissioner upon forms prescribed by him or her, may obtain registration certificates for use as described under subdivision (1) of this subsection.

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(3)  An application for a dealer motorboat registration number shall be accompanied by the following fees:

(A)  for the first number applied for, $25.00 $27.50 and a surcharge of $5.00 $5.50;

(d)  Registration of a motorboat ends when the owner transfers title to another.  The former owner shall immediately return directly to the commissioner the registration certificate previously assigned to the transferred motorboat with the date of sale and the name and residence of the new owner endorsed on the back of the certificate.  When a person transfers the ownership of a registered motorboat to another, files a new application and pays a fee of $5.00 $5.50, he or she may have registered in his or her name another motorboat of the same class for the remainder of the registration year without payment of any additional registration fee.  However, if the fee for the registration of the motorboat sought to be registered is greater than the registration fee for the transferred motorboat, the applicant shall pay the difference between the fee first paid and the fee for the class motorboat sought to be registered.

(j)  The commissioner, by rules adopted pursuant to 3 V.S.A. chapter 25, may provide for the issuance of temporary registrations of motorboats pending issuance of the permanent registration.  Motorboat dealers may issue temporary motorboat registrations.  The dealer’s fee for the temporary registrations shall be $3.00 $3.30 for each registration purchased from the department of motor vehicles.  Temporary registrations shall be kept with the motorboat while being operated and shall authorize operation without the registration number being affixed for a period not to exceed 30 days from the date of issue.


All additional revenue generated by this act from the increase in motorboat registration fees shall be allocated each year to mosquito control pursuant to the provisions of 23 V.S.A. § 3319(b)(4).

Published by:

The Vermont General Assembly
115 State Street
Montpelier, Vermont