Gone Outdoors

How to License a Boat Bought in Missouri With No Title

by Owen E. Richason IV

Watercraft used in the state of Missouri for recreational purposes must be titled and licensed or registered with the state. If you purchase a watercraft that is motor powered and over 12 feet in length and the vessel will be in the state of Missouri for more than 60 days, proper license, title and registration are required by law. To register and license a boat that does not currently have a title, follow a few steps to obtain the necessary documentation.

Apply for a new title to the vessel. Download Form 108, "Application for Missouri Title and License," from the Missouri Department of Revenue's website (see Resources).

Complete the application and have it notarized. Mail the completed, notarized form to the Missouri Department of Revenue at: Motor Vehicle Bureau, 301 West High St., Room 370, P.O. Box 100, Jefferson City, MO 65105-0100 along with a money order, personal check or cashier's check in the amount of $11 to cover the application and processing fees. Wait to receive the new title by mail.

Download and complete Form 93, "Application for Missouri Boat/Vessel or Outboard Motor Title and Registration," from the Missouri Department of Revenue's website. You must include a copy of the property tax receipt issued at purchase and the title. Mail the application and applicable fees based on purchase price and taxes to: Motor Vehicle Bureau, P.O. Box 100, Jefferson City, MO 65105-0100.

Wait to receive the "MO Number," "Decals" and "Pocket Card" from the state of Missouri.


  • As an alternative to using postal mail, you may visit the nearest Missouri Department of Motor Vehicles office to get copies of Forms 108 and 93. Complete these forms and return them to a Missouri DMV office.

About the Author

Owen Richason grew up working in his family's small contracting business. He later became an outplacement consultant, then a retail business consultant. Richason is a former personal finance and business writer for "Tampa Bay Business and Financier." He now writes for various publications, websites and blogs.