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    Question: Boat registration??

    Hello, New to this forum and fairly new to Nebraska(3 years). My dad recently brought me up a older small jon boat he was given down in TX. It is 12' . Is a title and registration required if I just plan on using it as a row boat? Tried looking for regulations and it is not very clear about this. Says any motorized boats need a registration but also has canoes listed. Just don't want to break any laws if I were to take it down to a small local pond for some fishing.

    #2
    You don't have to have anything done until you put a motor on it.(That includes a battery operated troller)

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      #3
      Thank you for the reply. That is what I thought but the thing with the canoe threw me off.

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        #4
        Mike is correct. Only motorized watercraft are required to be registered in Nebraska.
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          #5
          I have a 1964 aluminum johnboat with the trolling motor. Does this need registration? I thought I read somewhere that if the boat was built before 1972, it was exempt.

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            #6
            Originally posted by Gar View Post
            I have a 1964 aluminum johnboat with the trolling motor. Does this need registration? I thought I read somewhere that if the boat was built before 1972, it was exempt.
            Boats built before 1972 are exempt from TITLING, but not REGISTRATION. You will need to register it, but no title or HIN number will be required. The boat should have some sort of serial number or unique numeric identifier though.
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              #7
              Along these same lines. I have a Jon boat that was registered in the past. Kind of stopped using it. I am going to begin using it again. Can I just go to the DMV give the the registration numbers and get new stickers? Like RUW 010. Or do I need to take the title with me? The trailer has gotten tags every year. Thanks!
              Keep it safe! JDL

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                #8
                Originally posted by Jayomaha View Post
                Along these same lines. I have a Jon boat that was registered in the past. Kind of stopped using it. I am going to begin using it again. Can I just go to the DMV give the the registration numbers and get new stickers? Like RUW 010. Or do I need to take the title with me? The trailer has gotten tags every year. Thanks!
                Keep it safe! JDL
                If it was in your name, you can just take in the pink slip or one of the renewal postcards they should have sent you and renew it. If you can't find it, they should be able to look it up by your name lickety split.

                You will pay fees back to the last time it was registered and then get expiration decals for the current cycle.

                I hope you meant 010 RUW, as the numbers go before the letters... Unless someone put it backwards on the boat! :D

                Scott
                Last edited by Scott Eveland; 03-31-2018, 07:29 PM.
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                  #9
                  Originally posted by Scott Eveland View Post

                  If it was in your name, you can just take in the pink slip or one of the renewal postcards they should have sent you and renew it. If you can't find it, they should be able to look it up by your name lickety split.

                  You will pay fees back to the last time it was registered and then get expiration decals for the current cycle.

                  I hope you meant 010 RUW, as the numbers go before the letters... Unless someone put it backwards on the boat! :D

                  Scott
                  Yes I did mean 010 RUW. Thanks!

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                    #10
                    Originally posted by Scott Eveland View Post

                    If it was in your name, you can just take in the pink slip or one of the renewal postcards they should have sent you and renew it. If you can't find it, they should be able to look it up by your name lickety split.

                    You will pay fees back to the last time it was registered and then get expiration decals for the current cycle.

                    I hope you meant 010 RUW, as the numbers go before the letters... Unless someone put it backwards on the boat! :D

                    Scott
                    I wonder if you would clarify this for me.

                    So I had this Jon boat I used that was registered. Then I bought a new bigger boat, so I stuck the old Jon boat out behind the barn rather then sell it. Now 10 years later I'm selling the bigger boat and thought I'd go back to that old Jon boat.

                    Are you saying I'd have to go back and pay 10 years worth of fees to register this boat again?

                    Whoever said cats always land on their feet wasn't throwing them right.-Anonymous

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                      #11
                      Originally posted by nehunter88 View Post

                      I wonder if you would clarify this for me.

                      So I had this Jon boat I used that was registered. Then I bought a new bigger boat, so I stuck the old Jon boat out behind the barn rather then sell it. Now 10 years later I'm selling the bigger boat and thought I'd go back to that old Jon boat.

                      Are you saying I'd have to go back and pay 10 years worth of fees to register this boat again?
                      That will ultimately be up to your County Treasurer. If you can show or convince them that the boat was not in use for those years, then they may waive the fee. Otherwise they have no way of knowing that you didn't just not bother to renew it and kept using it.

                      It is the same as they would do if you had a car with a blown engine sitting in your back 40 until you put a new block in it. If you can show or convince them it wasn't being used, they wouldn't charge the back registration.
                      Last edited by Scott Eveland; 04-03-2018, 07:17 AM.
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                        Originally posted by nehunter88 View Post

                        I wonder if you would clarify this for me.

                        So I had this Jon boat I used that was registered. Then I bought a new bigger boat, so I stuck the old Jon boat out behind the barn rather then sell it. Now 10 years later I'm selling the bigger boat and thought I'd go back to that old Jon boat.

                        Are you saying I'd have to go back and pay 10 years worth of fees to register this boat again?
                        Don’t know about other counties, but after reading this post I called my county treasurer to find out how much I am going to pay. And what I needed to bring to get my Jon boat a new tag. They said to bring the title which I have and the numbers that it was registered under, and I will be good to go. For my county they said they do not charge back fees.
                        Keep it safe! JDL

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                          #13
                          Good information here. Thanks guys
                          Prop me up inside the goose blind if I die, Fill my boots up with sand, throw my Benelli Nova in my hand, Lord I wanna go to Heaven but I don't wanna go this winter...


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                            #14
                            Just come upon a smoking deal on a SOT kayak. Going to mount a troll motor on it. Where do I start?
                            No Bill of Sale
                            Never had a title or registration.
                            All I know is the length (12ft.)
                            also know the HIN.
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                              #15
                              Originally posted by Nebraskacoontrapper View Post
                              Just come upon a smoking deal on a SOT kayak. Going to mount a troll motor on it. Where do I start?
                              No Bill of Sale
                              Never had a title or registration.
                              All I know is the length (12ft.)
                              also know the HIN.
                              That should be all you need. Explain to the folks at the County Treasurer (or DMV) that you have a boat that has never been motorized before and are adding a motor. They will assign a title, then register it and assign you number.

                              The last two digits of the HIN are the year of manufacture.

                              Physically sticking the reg numbers on the hull can be tricky with a kayak. The requirements are found on Page 5: http://digital.outdoornebraska.gov/i...ing-guide-2018

                              Hope that helps!

                              LMK if you need more.

                              Scott Eveland
                              Boating Specialist CO, NGPC, Lake McConaughy
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