How to Register a Boat in Idaho

Idaho is a great state for boating enthusiasts with its many lakes, rivers, and reservoirs. If you are planning on operating a boat in Idaho, you must register it with the Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation (IDPR). In this blog post, we will walk you through the steps to register a boat in Idaho.

Step 1: Gather Required Documents

Before you start the registration process, make sure you have the following documents in hand:

·        A completed Boat Registration Application from IDPR’s website (you’ll need to create an account and register with IDPR first)

·        Proof of ownership (manufacturer's certificate of origin, bill of sale, or title)

·        A government-issued photo ID (e.g., driver's license)

·        Payment for registration fees and taxes

Step 2: Fill Out the Application

You can obtain the Boat Registration Application online, at any IDPR office, or at a certified vendor. Fill out the application completely and accurately, ensuring that all the required information is provided.

You will need to provide information about the boat, including the make, model, year, and hull identification number (HIN). You will also need to provide your personal information, such as your name, address, and phone number.

Step 3: Pay Fees and Taxes

The registration fees and taxes for registering a boat in Idaho are based on the boat's size and type. You can pay by cash, check, or credit card. The registration fee schedule is listed here:

·        Less than 12’: $30

·        12’-13’: $32

·        13’-14’: $34

·        14’-15’: $36

·        15’-16’: $38

·        16’-17’: $40

·        17’-18’: $42

·        18’-19’: $44

·        19’-20’: $46

·        For each foot over 20’: $2

Step 4: Submit the Application

Once you have completed the application and paid the fees, submit the application and all required documents to the Idaho Parks and Recreation office. You can submit the application in person  at any IDPR office or certified vendor, or online at the IDPR website.

Step 5: Obtain Registration and Display on Boat

After the Idaho Parks and Recreation office has processed your application and payment, they will mail you a registration certificate and decals. You should display the registration number on the front third of the boat on both sides in a visible location, with the numbers facing outward, just below the gunwale. The registration number should be at least three inches high and contrasting with the color of the boat. The registration decal should be just behind the registration number.


Registering a boat in Idaho is a straightforward process, as long as you have all the required documents and information. By following the steps outlined in this blog post, you can ensure that your boat is registered properly and legally. Don't forget to follow all Idaho boating laws and regulations to ensure your safety and enjoyment while out on the water.