You need a vessel agent license to register any watercraft that can be used as a means of transportation on the water.
How to Apply for a Vessel Agent License
To apply for your license, submit the following:
- Application for Appointment and Agreement as a Non-Public Undocumented Vessel Registration Agent (OL 54).
- Live scan fingerprint and Request for Live Scan Service (DMV 8016).
- If filing as a corporation, limited liability company, or limited liability partnership owned business: Statement of Information or Statement of Information LLC filed with the Secretary of State.
Please mail your completed forms and documents to:
Occupational Licensing Section
PO Box 932342 MS L224
Sacramento, CA 94232-3420
You will also need to undergo a background investigation.
Quarterly Physical Inventory Report
To maintain your approved vessel agent status, you need to submit a Quarterly Physical Inventory Report (BOAT 124-1) by the 5th of January, April, July, and October of each year. Mail your report to the address on the form.
You can find exceptions to what qualifies as a vessel in California Vehicle Code (CVC) §9840, 1-3.
Vessel agent licensing authority
California Vehicle Code (CVC) §9840. The CVC is available for purchase from DMV.
California Code of Regulations Title 13, Division 1, Chapter 1. Article 3.2 Registration of Vehicles
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