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lescooper
(@lescooper)
Estimable Member

I would appreciate information on registering a boat and trailer on St Croix.
This is a powered pleasure boat.
Does the title or bill of sale need to be notarized?

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Posted : March 12, 2017 2:37 pm
lescooper
(@lescooper)
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For clarification. I bought the boat in Florida and shipping with VI Cargo. The title is not in my name yet.

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Posted : March 12, 2017 2:42 pm
Alana33
(@Alana33)
Islander

Call DPNR.
St. Croix Office:
Department of Planning and Natural Resources
45 Estate Mars Hill
Frederiksted, VI 00840

Phone: (340) 773-1082

You'll need to have the title in your name to register.
Get more than one original title document.
Sometimes multiple government agencies require an original document.

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Posted : March 12, 2017 2:57 pm
lescooper
(@lescooper)
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How do I go about getting the title in my name before I can register? I have the title and a bill of sale signed by the seller and myself.
I live in Texas and bought the boat in Florida solely to ship to St Croix. Did not make sense to get a new title in the states before shipping?

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Posted : March 12, 2017 3:21 pm
Alana33
(@Alana33)
Islander

No idea.
Ask DPNR.

Best have bill of sale notarized.

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Posted : March 12, 2017 3:58 pm
vicanuck
(@vicanuck)
Noble Member

I have only rarely seen a trailer with a valid license plate on St. Croix. I have never registered my boat trailer either.

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Posted : March 13, 2017 11:16 am
lescooper
(@lescooper)
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I called DPNR this morning. Was told by I can register boat with signed title transfer and notarized bill of sale.
Also told that I can not get a new title in my name on St Croix. Said I must apply for new title in the state that I purchased the boat in. In my case Florida. This part is really confusing?

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Posted : March 13, 2017 2:22 pm
Gator's Mom
(@Gator's_Mom)
Prominent Member

Why wouldn't you title the boat in TX where you live?

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Posted : March 13, 2017 2:54 pm
lescooper
(@lescooper)
Estimable Member

Good question? But the lady at DPNR was specific in saying that I needed to title the boat in state I bought it. Agree that it doesn't make sense that it would matter which state.

I'll be on St Croix this Thursday to pick up boat from VI Cargo and then getting it registered. I will get clarification on this.

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Posted : March 13, 2017 3:12 pm
vicanuck
(@vicanuck)
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I think what is meant is that you need to change the title over to you in Texas first, then change the title (now in your name) to the VI registration.

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Posted : March 13, 2017 5:16 pm
lescooper
(@lescooper)
Estimable Member

Just like the boat. I purchased a car in Florida and shipped it to St Croix. I was able to transfer the car title when I registered it at department of motor vehicles. Did not need to get title in my name in the states first.

Why would a boat be any different? Hopefully, I'll find out more when I go to DPNR to register the boat.

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Posted : March 13, 2017 5:45 pm
GMan1972
(@GMan1972)
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What was the final outcome? I am in the same situation...bought a boat in Maryland, having it shipped down here and need to register it. Did DPNR ever create a title for you? If not, how will you ever sell the boat? What was the registration process? Thanks much.

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Posted : February 16, 2018 8:01 pm
Gator's Mom
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Boat titles are not issued in the VI. DPNR has an application for you to complete. (sorry I can't find an on-line link that works). Along with the application you submit a notarized proof of ownership. Renewals are annual on July 1.

http://coralbaycommunitycouncil.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/VI-boating-Regs.pdf

If your boat is documented by the Coast Guard, there is a standardized bill of sale below.

http://www.dco.uscg.mil/Portals/9/DCO%20Documents/NVDC/CG-1340_Bill_of_Sale.pdf?ver=2017-05-09-113141-317

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Posted : February 16, 2018 8:20 pm
GMan1972
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Excellent...Thank you.

So, to be absolutely, perfectly clear. When I close on my boat in Maryland, I will get a notarized bill of sale and a title (in original owners name) that has been signed over to me.

All I need is the notarized bill of sale and take it to DPNR, fill out their form, pay their fees, and I will get registration numbers, a sticker, and card?

Then, down the road when I get ready to sell the boat, I just need to provide the new owner with a notarized bill of sale?

I suppose getting the boat documented by the Coast Guard is a good idea and another "proof of ownership"

Incidentally, am I looking at any taxes or fees to bring the boat into the territory?

Thanks again for your guidance; I've spent hours trying to research this online and DPNRs phone lines are still down.

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Posted : February 16, 2018 8:29 pm
Gator's Mom
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I suggest documenting the boat. Makes proof of ownership easier though renewing documentation is something else you have to do each year - but you can renew online now. Having the feds involved just makes it seem more official somehow and that notarized bill of sale looks really good in future transactions.

I don't know about taxes owed. I'm sure you'll find out. Are you shipping or sailing the boat? Is it foreign made? Could make a difference. I've never brought a boat into the VI from the states.

I would take the signed/notarized title to DPNR along with the notarized bill of sale - always anticipate bureaucracy. 🙂

Excellent...Thank you.

So, to be absolutely, perfectly clear. When I close on my boat in Maryland, I will get a notarized bill of sale and a title (in original owners name) that has been signed over to me.

All I need is the notarized bill of sale and take it to DPNR, fill out their form, pay their fees, and I will get registration numbers, a sticker, and card?

Then, down the road when I get ready to sell the boat, I just need to provide the new owner with a notarized bill of sale?

I suppose getting the boat documented by the Coast Guard is a good idea and another "proof of ownership"

Incidentally, am I looking at any taxes or fees to bring the boat into the territory?

Thanks again for your guidance; I've spent hours trying to research this online and DPNRs phone lines are still down.

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Posted : February 16, 2018 8:53 pm
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