Vehicle Industry Registration Procedures Manual

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Section 25 of 38

Chapter 24: Vessels

24.005 ABCs of California Boating (BOAT 3) (CHNC §651.5)

The Federal Boating Act requires DMV to issue the ABCs of California Boating (BOAT 3) booklet, published by California State Parks Division of Boating and Waterways (DBW) to each applicant upon original registration or transfer of a vessel in California to ensure that new owners of vessels are informed of current vessel safety and registration information.

The BOAT 3 may be obtained through the normal supply requisition process and is available on the internet at