ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The state Division of Motor Vehicles has begun registering boats, taking over for the U.S. Coast Guard.
The Legislature last year approved a law authorizing the state to take over the boat registration program. Alaska was the last state to do so.
The switch allows registration fees to remain in Alaska to be used for a state boating safety program. The program, administered by the Division of Parks and Office of Boating Safety, will work to promote safe boating by emphasizing boater education.
The Coast Guard registered boats equipped with motors used on federally designated navigable waters, including all saltwater and most major inland lakes and rivers. The new state law expands the program and requires all undocumented power boats, as well as all nonmotorized boats 10 feet or longer, when used on any waters of the state, to be registered.
The registration period is three years. Fees are $24 for a boat with a motor and $10 for a nonmotorized boat.
Current boat registrations issued by the Coast Guard are valid until their expiration date. Registration is available at all DMV offices or by mail.
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