Boat Registration Made Easier
by Steve McCadams
Boat registration renewals may now be done over the counter with
the new Remote Easy Access License (REAL) system located at all license
agents and TWRA Regional Offices, according to the Tennessee Wildlife
Resources Agency (TWRA).
Only boat renewals may be done at license agents. Original and
transfer registrations must still be done by either the boat dealer
where the boat is purchased or the county clerk.
Tennessee law requires that all mechanically powered vessels and
all sailboats which are principally used in Tennessee must be
registered. Mechanical propulsion includes electric trolling motors and
gas or diesel powered motors. Boats which require registration must be
properly registered before using them on any public waters of Tennessee.
If a boat is transferred to another person, the previous owner
should send written notice of the transfer, along with the registration
card, to the TWRA, Boat Registration, P.O. Box 41729, Nashville, TN
37204-1729, within 15 days of the transfer.
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