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#11179715 - 10/22/15 06:13 PM After buying a boat
Cat finder Offline
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Registered: 03/14/15
Posts: 343
Loc: Dallas, Texas
If i bought a boat and the title and registration is good till next year (boat& motor) can I use the boat until the registration is up or do I have to get everything registered in my name right away before going to the lake? Thanks!
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#11179791 - 10/22/15 07:17 PM Re: After buying a boat [Re: Cat finder]
kingdad101 Offline
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Loc: W.F. Texas
not real sure, so call them, but I think its 20 working days you can use the registration....if you have all the correct paper work on board..

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#11183061 - 10/24/15 01:49 PM Re: After buying a boat [Re: Cat finder]
Txmedic033 Offline
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Registered: 08/13/13
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Loc: Longview, Tx
If it is already registered in Texas, you do not need to get new tags. I just bought a boat and the registration is good until the middle of 2017. woot

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#11183110 - 10/24/15 02:04 PM Re: After buying a boat [Re: Cat finder]
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Registered: 03/07/10
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Loc: Temple, Texas USA
You need to register it in your name. Tags will remain same and you will get credit for current registration remaining.
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#11184610 - 10/25/15 10:11 AM Re: After buying a boat [Re: Cat finder]
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Loc: Orange, Texas
You can use the boat now since it has a current registration....you have 20 working days from date of purchase to transfer title to your name without a penalty. Once title is in your name, TPWD will send you a registration renewal reminder.

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#11184726 - 10/25/15 11:23 AM Re: After buying a boat [Re: Ol Man River]
Capt Jerry Offline
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Registered: 12/22/13
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Originally Posted By: Ol Man River
You can use the boat now since it has a current registration....you have 20 working days from date of purchase to transfer title to your name without a penalty. Once title is in your name, TPWD will send you a registration renewal reminder.


This is exactly what I did earlier this year. They will want the sales tax (if not from a dealer) and title fees. If you have a trailer, the DMV will transfer a current tag to you. That cost me $2.50.
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#11186531 - 10/25/15 11:47 PM Re: After buying a boat [Re: Cat finder]
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Loc: Arlington
Did the previous owner provide the Certificate of Number (registration card) to you? You have to have that or a copy of it in the boat to operate it.

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#11298832 - 12/22/15 09:13 PM Re: After buying a boat [Re: Cat finder]
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Registered: 11/27/10
Posts: 1203
Loc: Seven Points, TX
OL Man River is correct and if you go over the 20 days they penalize. (money,money)

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#11298963 - 12/22/15 09:58 PM Re: After buying a boat [Re: Cat finder]
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Registered: 03/14/15
Posts: 343
Loc: Dallas, Texas
Hey guys this thread has only given me one update( today???)
So I've got the boat in my possession it's a 59 Smith Craft 13. It's a aluminum 14 foot run about/ fishing boat. The po did not give me the registration card, but that's ok as it didn't come with an outboard. I'm currently in the process of painting the boat. I've picked up a mercury 402 that I'm also in the process of rebuilding.I plan to title them just after Christmas, then register them sometime next year before either of them hit the water.


Edited by Cat finder (12/22/15 09:59 PM)
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#11300001 - 12/23/15 12:54 PM Re: After buying a boat [Re: Cat finder]
Tx Tree Grower Offline
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Registered: 09/17/08
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Loc: Palestine, TX
If you buy from an individual I would recommend not dating anything just in case you have a delay of some sort. Most fisherman understand this concept. Is it not following the letter of the law? Probably not but they will get their tax money eventually. The penalty fees from TP&W are basically just legalized robbery. Be smart if you are buying from an individual. Help each other out.

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#11300009 - 12/23/15 01:01 PM Re: After buying a boat [Re: Tx Tree Grower]
Cat finder Offline
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Registered: 03/14/15
Posts: 343
Loc: Dallas, Texas
Originally Posted By: Tx Tree Grower
If you buy from an individual I would recommend not dating anything just in case you have a delay of some sort. Most fisherman understand this concept. Is it not following the letter of the law? Probably not but they will get their tax money eventually. The penalty fees from TP&W are basically just legalized robbery. Be smart if you are buying from an individual. Help each other out.
wink cheers
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#11300017 - 12/23/15 01:06 PM Re: After buying a boat [Re: Cat finder]
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Registered: 11/22/07
Posts: 2669
Loc: scotland tx
as far as the letter of the law once you buy it you have 20 working days to transfer without penalty an anything that is not factual on the pwd 143 an 144 is where they can charge you with a third degree felony it is better to do it the right way.

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#11300810 - 12/23/15 08:13 PM Re: After buying a boat [Re: Cat finder]
bradnitro175 Offline
TFF Team Angler

Registered: 07/11/08
Posts: 4242
Loc: Dallas,tx
I got a ticket or a warning not sure witch a few years ago on the lake for not having the boat in my name.even tho the sticker was current.I might have waited 30 days tho

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