Watercraft & Boat Trailers
All boats should be registered in the State of Tennessee. Sales tax is collected at our main office, 700 2nd Ave South, Suite 101, Nashville, TN 37210, between the hours of 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. Sales tax on watercrafts cannot be collected at any of the satellite offices. To read more about boating in Tennessee click here.
Boat fees are shown on form APPLICATION FOR BOAT CERTIFICATE OF NUMBER and are made payable to: Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency. Fees cannot be transferred or refunded.
BOATS PURCHASED FROM DEALER
If a boat and/or trailer is purchased from a Tennessee dealer, the Davidson County Clerk’s Office does not collect the Tennessee State Sales Tax. The dealer will issue form APPLICATION FOR BOAT CERTIFICATE OF NUMBER to the customer after certifying payment of sales tax on the form. If the dealer does not have the form in stock, please contact the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency at (615) 781-6522. The form may also be obtained from the Davidson County Clerk’s office at 700 2nd Ave South, Suite 101, Nashville, TN 37210 but the form must still be completed by the dealer.
BOATS PURCHASED FROM INDIVIDUAL
To register a boat purchased from an individual, please submit the previous owner’s Boat Registration Card (if possible) and a Bill of Sale. The Bill of Sale must include the make, year, hull number, manufacturer’s number, length and must also specify whether the boat is made of fiberglass, aluminum or etc. The Bill of Sale must be signed by both the seller and the purchaser. The County Clerk’s Office collects the applicable tax and certifies to T.W.R.A. that sales tax was paid. If you purchased your boat from a Tennessee boat dealer, the dealer will certify the collection of sales tax to the T.W.R.A.
If you do not have the previous owner’s Boat Registration card you will need the previous owner’s name and complete address. Also, if you have Tennessee registration numbers affixed to the boat you will need to provide that information.
Tennessee State Sales Tax will be collected by the County Clerk. Contact the office for sales tax fees at 615-862-6266. Once the sales tax and the $7.00 certification fee has been paid to the Davidson County Clerk, the boat owner will be required to mail form APPLICATION FOR BOAT CERTIFICATION NUMBER to the following address with the appropriate registration fees as noted on the form: Boat Registration P. O. Box 41729 Nashville, Tennessee 37204-1729.
REGISTRATION AND LICENSE PLATE FOR BOAT TRAILER
The State of Tennessee does not require boat trailers to be registered or licensed; however, other states may require boat trailer owners to do so. Because of the difference in laws from state to state, it is strongly recommended that all boat trailers be titled and registered if the boat trailer will be traveling outside of Tennessee. It is also strongly recommended that all boat trailers be titled and registered due to theft problems. A boat trailer can be traced much easier if titled and registered.
BOAT REGISTRATION BY DEALERS OR MANUFACTURERS
Dealers or manufacturers may apply for registration which can be transferred from one vessel to another. A copy of the business license and sales tax number must accompany the application for a dealer or manufacturer number. Such vessels are to be used for demonstration purposes only and more than one vessel may not be operated simultaneously with the same number. In addition, vessels being demonstrated must have the Certificate of Number on board and the registration number must be correctly displayed. However, such vessels may display the number by having it attached to removable signs which can be temporarily but firmly attached to the vessel.
BOAT TRAILER PURCHASED FROM AN INDIVIDUAL THAT HAS BEEN PREVIOUSLY TITLED
To title and register a boat trailer purchased from an individual that has previously been titled, please submit the title signed on the back by the previous owner to the Davidson County Clerk. The new boat trailer owner will also be required to pay Tennessee State Sales Tax and a fee of $25.25 up to $93.25 (depending on the length).
BOAT LICENSE RENEWALS
Renew your boat registration online by visiting https://www1.tn.wildlifelicense.com/index.php
Boat renewals are not processed trough the County Clerk’s office. The Tennessee Wildlife Resource Agency authorized the County Clerk’s office to register all boats but not to renew registrations. The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency will mail the renewal form APPLICATION FOR BOAT CERTIFICATE OF NUMBER to the current boat owner to complete and return along with the boat registration fee to the following address: Boat Registration P. O. Box 41729 Nashville, Tennessee 37204-1729. Renewal form APPLICATION FOR BOAT CERTIFICATE OF NUMBER may also be obtained by calling the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency at (615) 781-6522. If you have questions about renewing your boat registration, you may call the mid-state TWRA office at 1-800-624-7406.