Motorboats

Motorboats began being titled in WV on July 1st, 1989. Prior to that date motorboats were only registered in WV.

Motorboat registrations expire on a 3-year cycle and cannot be transferred. Boats can be registered as either fee (3hp and above) or no fee (below 3 hp).

How to title a motorboat:

1.     Motorboat previously titled in WV. (Transfer of ownership)

a.     WV title properly assigned to new owner.

b.     Notarized bill of sale for motorboat if purchase price is less than 50% of book value.

c.      Correct fees (see fee chart)

 

2.     Titling a new motorboat. (Never titled)

a.     Certificate of Original properly assigned by the dealer

b.     MB-6 (application for boat title)

c.      Dealer’s invoice or Dealer certification completed on the MB-6

d.     Correct fees (see fee chart)

 

3.     Titling of a motorboat previous registered in WV – no title – no transfer of ownership.

a.     MB-6 (application for a boat title)

b.     DMV-1-B (hull identification certification completed by any law enforcement officer)

c.      Registration card in applicant’s name (or Division can verify ownership)

d.     Correct fees (see fee chart)

 

4.     Transfer of a motorboat previously registered in WV. (Transfer of ownership – no previous title)

a.     MB-6 (application for certificate of a motorboat)

b.     DMV-1-B (hull identification certification completed by any law enforcement)

c.      Registration is in seller’s name (or the Division can verify ownership)

d.     Notarized bill of sale

e.     Correct fees (see fee chart)

 

5.     Purchase of a previously owned motorboat. (In state or out of state, never been titled or registered in any state.)

a.     MB-6 (application for a motorboat title)

b.     If purchased from a state that titles or registers motorboats, a letter of clearance from that state must accompany the application.

c.      DMV-1-B (hull identification certification completed by any law enforcement officer)

d.     MB-12/13 (Owner and Purchasing affidavit. Must complete the section asking where and when the seller acquired the boat.)

e.     Proof satisfying the Division that the seller is the legal owner.

f.      Correct fees (See fee chart)

 

6.     Purchase of an out of state motorboat from a state that titles motorboats. (Transfer of ownership)

a.     Properly assigned out of state title

b.     MB-6 (application for a motorboat)

c.      Notarized bill of sale if purchase price is less than 50% of book value. If from a dealer, a dealer invoice is required.

d.     Correct fees (see fee chart)

 

7.     Purchase of an out of state motorboat from a registration only state. (Transfer of ownership)

a.     Registration in seller’s name. If the registration can be reassigned, it must be reassigned properly. If no registration, a seller’s affidavit and letter of clearance from the state the motorboat was registered in must be provided showing that the seller is the registered owner.

b.     MB-6 (application for a motorboat title)

c.      DMV-1-B (hull identification certification completed by any law enforcement officer)

d.     Notarized bill of sale if purchase price is less than 50% of book value. (If purchased from a dealer, a dealer invoice and proof of trade and ownership from previous owner must accompany application).

e.     Correct fees (see fee chart)

 

8.     Titling a motorboat from a titling state. (No change of ownership)

a.     Title in applicant’s name. (If a lien holder is holding the title, a readable copy of the front of the title may be submitted along with the original motorboat registration.

b.     MB-6 (application for motorboat title)

c.      Correct fees (See fee chart)

 

9.     Titling a motorboat from a registration only state. (No change of ownership)

a.     Registration in applicant’s name. If owner does not have the registration, a letter of clearance from the previous state proving they are the registered owner in that state and a Sole Owner’s affidavit (MB-12/13) must be submitted.

b.     MB-6 (application for a motorboat title)

c.      DMV-1-B (hull identification certification completed by any law enforcement officer)

d.     Correct fees (see fee chart)

 

10.  Titling a West Virginia boat that has never been titled or registered

a.     MB-6 (Application for a motorboat title)

b.     DMV-1-B (hull identification certification completed by any law enforcement officer)

c.      MB-12/13 (Owner and Purchasing Affidavit)

d.     Proof satisfying the Division that the applicant is the owner of the motorboat. (5 years tax receipts, insurance policy covering boat, etc.)

e.     Correct fees (see fee chart)

 

11.  Motorboats 1984 and newer with less than a 12-digit hull number or an older model with an invalid hull number. (Number starting with “WV” but containing less than 12 digits)

a.     Title must be submitted. If registered, then only a DMV-14TR must be submitted.

b.     DMV-1-B (hull identification certification completed by any law enforcement officer)

 

12.  Salvage motorboat. (Previous WV title)

a.     Properly assigned WV title

b.     Boat registration or letter stating why none is available

c.      SV-1 or SV-6 (Salvage or Owner Retention Salvage application) completed by the insurance company.

d.     Correct fees (See fee chart)

 

13.  Salvage motorboat, WV registration only. (Not previously titled)

a.     Registration in owner’s name (or Division can confirm ownership)

b.     MB-6 (Application for a motorboat)

c.      Notarized bill of sale to insurance company (if not applying for an owner retention salvage)

d.     SV-1 or SV-6 (WV Salvage application or WV Owner Retention Salvage application) completed by the insurance company.

e.     DMV-1-B (hull identification certification completed by any law enforcement officer)

f.      Correct fees (see fee chart)

 

14.  Salvage motorboat, never been titled of registered. (WV resident)

a.     MB-12/13 (Owner and Purchasing affidavit) – Must complete section asking where and when the boat was acquired.

b.     SV-1 (Salvage application) completed by the insurance company.

c.      MB-6 (application for a motorboat) completed by the insurance company.

d.     DMV-1-B (hull identification certification completed by any law enforcement)

e.     Correct fees (see fee chart)

 

15.  Assembled motorboats

a.     MB-6 (application for a motorboat)

b.     MB-11-TR (Affidavit of builder for a motorboat)

c.      DMV-1-B (hull identification certification completed by any law enforcement officer)

d.     Two photographs of the finished boat. (One of the front, one of the side)

a.     Correct fees (see fee chart)

 

Fee Chart:

CLASS BOATS ​FULL 2nd YEAR ​3rd YEAR
Y1A LESS THAN 16 FEET​ $30.00​ $20.00​ $10.00​
​Y11 16 FEET TO 25 FEET $45.00​ $30.00​ ​$15.00
​Y12 26 FEET TO 39 FEET $60.00​ $40.00​ ​$20.00
​Y13 40 FEET AND LONGER $75.00​ $50.00​ ​$25.00
NO FEE BOATS​ ​LESS THAN 3HP / 70LB THRUST
​Y2A LESS THAN 16 FEET
Y21 16 FEET TO 25 FEET
​Y22 26 FEET TO 39 FEET
​Y23 40 FEET AND LONGER