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58 Pa. Code § 93.1. Registration.

§ 93.1. Registration.

 (a)  With the exception of a ‘‘Manufacturer/Dealer/Jobber’’ registration certificate, which is valid for 1 year, all other boat registration certificates issued under this chapter are valid for a period not exceeding 2 years. The Commission will not issue 1-year registration certificates except to ‘‘Manufacturer/Dealer/Jobbers.’’ The registration period expires on December 31 of the second year following issuance.

 (b)  Except for Manufacturers/Dealer/Jobber registrations, the fee for the registration will be twice the annual registration fee as set forth in the code.

 (c)  Persons registering a boat under a company name shall supply the name of an individual who is responsible for the boat.

 (d)  The Commission ordinarily relies solely on the information submitted by an applicant to show that the applicant is the true and lawful owner of the boat for which registration is sought. Issuance of a boat registration does not constitute an adjudication or finding with respect to ownership of the boat. However, the Commission will defer issuance of a new or renewal registration for any boat after it receives written notice of the existence of a reasonable dispute as to the ownership of a boat. The parties who dispute the ownership of the boat shall be responsible to obtain a determination of ownership from an appropriate civil forum or by settlement and to notify the Commission, in writing, of the determination.


   The provisions of this §  93.1 amended under 30 Pa.C.S. § §  5308 and 5325.


   The provisions of this §  93.1 reserved June 6, 1986, effective June 7, 1986, 16 Pa.B. 2021; amended June 3, 1994, effective June 4, 1994, 24 Pa.B. 2795; amended January 2, 1998, effective January 3, 1998, 28 Pa.B. 40; amended September 8, 2023, effective September 9, 2023, 53 Pa.B. 5615. Immediately preceding text appears at serial pages (371393) to (371394).

Notes of Decisions


   The fact that boat owners receiving 2-year registrations in 1991 paid less than those who received 2-year registrations in 1992 was of no constitutional significance because, in the fee act, 30 Pa.C.S. §  5104, the General Assembly exercised its ‘‘undisputed’’ authority to set boat registration fees and made those new fees applicable on a specific date. Thus, there was a rational reason for charging more for a 1992-93, 2-year registration than for a 1991-92, 2-year registration. Robinson v. Fish and Boat Commission, 646 A.2d 43 (Pa. Cmwlth. 1994); appeal denied 655 A.2d 519 (Pa. 1995), 58 §  93.1.

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