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58 Pa. Code § 93.3. Application for boat registration.

§ 93.3. Application for boat registration.

 (a)  New registration. Application for a boat registration for a new boat or a used boat that was not previously registered in this Commonwealth shall conform with the following:

   (1)  Forms. The owner of a boat desiring registration shall apply on Form REV-336, provided by the Commission. The completed form shall be forwarded to the Fish and Boat Commission, Division of Licensing and Registration.

   (2)  Required information. The applicant shall provide the following information on the application (REV-336) for a boat registration:

     (i)   The name, mailing address, residence address, phone number, county and zip code of the owner. If there is more than one owner, the principal owner shall be listed first.

     (ii)   If the owner is an individual, the driver’s license number, if any. If the owner is a manufacturer, jobber or dealer, the tax identification number.

     (iii)   The name of the person from whom the boat was purchased.

     (iv)   The State registration number, if any, currently assigned to the boat.

     (v)   The make and model.

     (vi)   The hull material, such as wood, steel, aluminum, plastic, fiberglass, rubber/vinyl/canvas or other.

     (vii)   The full Hull Identification Number (HIN).

     (viii)   The year built, if known.

     (ix)   The length of the boat in feet and inches.

     (x)   The type of boat, such as air boat, auxiliary sail, cabin motorboat, houseboat, inflatable boat, open motorboat, paddlecraft, personal watercraft, pontoon boat, rowboat, sail only or other.

     (xi)   The type of engine drive, such as outboard, inboard, sterndrive, pod drive or other.

     (xii)   The type of fuel, such as gas, diesel, electric or other.

     (xiii)   The type of propulsion, such as propeller, waterjet, air thrust, manual, sail or other.

     (xiv)   The temporary validation expiration date, if one was issued.

     (xv)   The primary operation such as pleasure, rental/livery, manufacturer/dealer/jobber, commercial passenger, charter fishing, commercial fishing, other commercial operation, and the like.

     (xvi)   A certificate of ownership. For initial registration in this Commonwealth this shall be supported by title, bill of sale, a complete Form PFBC-734 ‘‘Affidavit of Purchase/Ownership’’ or other positive proof of ownership.

     (xvii)   The date the applicant completed the form.

     (xviii)   The signature of the owners and certification, under penalty of law, that they are the owners of the boat and that the information contained in the application is true and correct.

     (xix)   Complete Sales and Use Tax information.

     (xx)   The date of birth of the primary registrant and coregistrant.

   (3)  Manufacturers, jobbers or dealers. Paragraph (2)(vi)—(xiv) and (xx) does not apply to manufacturers, jobbers or dealers.

   (4)  Boat rental business. Paragraph (2)(xi) and (xii) does not apply to a boat rental business if a motor is not rented with the boat.

   (5)  Incomplete or incorrect applications. Incomplete or incorrect applications will not be processed until completed and may be returned by the Commission to the applicant or issuing agent.

 (b)  Renewals. Only Forms PFBC-730a and PFBC-733 shall be used to renew registrations of boats which are being kept by the same owner. If the registration has lapsed, the owner shall obtain Form PFBC-730a or PFBC-733 from the Division of Licensing and Registration of the Commission to renew the lapsed registration.

 (c)  Previously registered boats. Application for a certificate of registration for a boat previously registered in this Commonwealth shall conform with the following:

   (1)  Form REV-336 shall be completed by the purchaser and seller and signed by the last registered owner.

   (2)  A bill of sale or certificate of registration, signed by the last registered owner, may be substituted for the required signature on REV-336.

   (3)  If the registered owner of a boat to be transferred is deceased, the personal representative (executor/administrator) of the decedent shall sign Form REV-336 for the deceased owner. The personal representative shall indicate his capacity with his signature and shall provide documentation—an original death certificate and letters testamentary, letters of administration, original short certificate, court order filed under small estates procedures or Form PFBC-R1—certifying his capacity to act on behalf of the decedent’s estate. An original death certificate is not required if Form PFBC-R1 is signed by the attending physician or funeral director. If the boat registration is to be transferred from joint ownership, when one of the joint owners is deceased, the other joint owner shall present the original death certificate to effect the transfer.

   (4)  When an applicant seeks to register a boat having an expired registration and the last registered owner has not signed the REV-336 or bill of sale because the applicant is not the seller of the boat, the Commission will, prior to processing the application for registration, notify the last registered owner at his last known address that the applicant is seeking to register the boat. If the last registered owner claims an ownership interest in the boat and objects to the transfer of the registration to the applicant, the Commission will defer further processing until the parties resolve the ownership issues through established civil processes. If the last registered owner does not object to the transfer or fails to respond to the notice after 30 days, the Commission may process the request for registration if it is otherwise satisfied that the applicant is the true and lawful owner of the boat and entitled to registration.

 (d)  Transfer of registration to new boat. The holder of a valid Pennsylvania registration certificate on a boat previously owned by the holder may transfer the registration certificate for the remainder of the original boat’s registration period to a new boat upon payment of the transfer fee for multiyear registrations as set forth in the code and submission of a complete Form PFBC R-4. If the registration fee for the new boat is greater than the registration fee for the old boat based on the length of the boat, the applicant shall also pay the difference between the registration fees for the new and old boat. The applicant shall submit the certificate of registration for the old boat and certify that the validation decals have been removed from the old boat at the time of transfer. The old boat’s number shall remain with the old boat, and the new boat shall be issued a new number unless it was previously numbered in this Commonwealth.


   The provisions of this §  93.3 amended under 30 Pa.C.S. § §  5122 and 5325; section 10 of the Sunshine Act (65 P.S. §  280); and section 506 of The Administrative Code of 1929 (71 P.S. §  186).


   The provisions of this §  93.3 amended June 6, 1986, effective June 7, 1986, 16 Pa.B. 2021; amended June 22, 1990, effective June 23, 1990, 20 Pa.B. 3502; 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 November 5, 1999, effective November 6, 1999, 29 Pa.B. 5717; amended December 21, 2012, effective January 1, 2013, 42 Pa.B. 7688; amended July 26, 2013, effective July 27, 2013, 43 Pa.B. 4214; amended December 2, 2016, effective January 1, 2017, 46 Pa.B. 7536; amended September 8, 2023, effective September 9, 2023, 53 Pa.B. 5615. Immediately preceding text appears at serial pages (384696) to (384698).

Cross References

   This section cited in 58 Pa. Code §  93.2 (relating to permanent and temporary registration).

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