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Nebraska motorboat registrations are issued for three-year periods and may be obtained only from the county treasurer of the boater's county of residence. Classifications and the new three-year fee schedule are listed below.

All vessels powered by any mechanical device capable of propelling the vessel over any public or private waters of Nebraska (including the Missouri River and Lewis and Clark Lake) must be registered, except the following:

  1. Vessels not powered by machinery at any time
  2. motorboats registered in another state and housed in Nebraska less than 60 consecutive days
  3. vessels owned by any government or political subdivision
  4. racing-type motorboats when competing in state-approved races and during trial runs 48 hours prior to or 48 hours after competition;
  5. vessels documented by U.S. Coast Guard.
  • Classifications and Fees
    • Class 1-Vessels less than 16 feet in length and all canoes regardless of length: $23.00 plus $4 issuing fee
    • Class 2-Vessels 16 feet or over but less than 26 feet in length: $46.00 plus $4 issuing fee
    • Class 3-Vessels 26 feet or over but less than 40 feet in length: $67.50 plus $4 issuing fee
    • Class 4-Vessels 40 feet in length and over: $115 plus $4 issuing fee
    • Class 5-Dealers or manufacturers of motorboats for demonstration or testing purposes: $46.00 plus $4 issuing fee
    • Duplicate-To replace a lost or destroyed certificate: $5 plus $4 issuing fee

    In the event application is made after the beginning of any registration period for a motorboat not previously registered in Nebraska by the applicant, the license fee will be reduced by 1/36 for each full month of the registration period already expired, as of the date the boat was acquired.

    How to Register

    1. Fill out the official application form obtainable from all county treasurers, county clerks, hunting and fishing permit vendors and most boat dealers.
    2. Nebraska residents must mail or take the completed application and registration fee, according to class, to the county treasurer of their county of residence.
    3. Nonresidents may apply to any county treasurer in the state of Nebraska.
    4. Online via the department of motor vehicle web site. http://www.clickdmv.ne.gov/

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