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Registering Kayak with Trolling Motor in Missouri?


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I bought a used Kayak and a used Trolling motor all off Marketplace. I've always was told even a Kayak with a Trolling motor has to be registered in MO. So I started looking into what all I need. 

 

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Boat/Vessel/Outboard Motor Titling and Registration

If I'm reading this right. I don't have to title or register my Kayak. It clearly says except Trolling Motors... I'm I missing something?

 

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Titling and Registering Boats, Vessels, and Outboard Motors

You have 60 days from the date of purchase to title your newly purchased boat, vessel, or outboard motor. If you do not title the boat, vessel, or outboard motor there is a title penalty of $10 on the 61st day after purchase. The penalty increases another $10 for every 30 days you are late with a maximum penalty of $30.

 

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37 minutes ago, padlin said:

I'd call on Monday. 

Ya I'm going to call and figure out what all I need.

21 minutes ago, Jig Man said:

I it has a trolling motor, yes.

 

If that's the case I have to have a bill of sale for both. Which I don't have at the moment.

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"Boats and vessels are NOT required to be titled or registered in the state of Missouri if they are:

  • Owned by out-of-state residents and housed, stored, or operated in the state of Missouri for less than 60 consecutive days;
  • Owned by the United States Government;
  • From a country other than the United States using the waters of this state for less than 60 consecutive days;
  • Propelled solely by paddle or oars (regardless of length);
  • Sailboats or sailboards 12 feet or less in length; or
  • A ship's lifeboat used solely for lifesaving purposes.

Vessels documented by the United States Coast Guard are not required to be titled, but must be registered."

 

I don't see pointy wading pools powered by electric motors in the excepted list above, so yes it needs to be titled, and proper documentation of the transfer of ownership has to accompany the sale, that's the whole point of titling and registration. True in most states.

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Not sure on Missouri, but in Kansas it's the trolling motor that makes it so you have to have it registered. That's why I pedal, no registration required at the moment. 

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4 hours ago, Bluebasser86 said:

Not sure on Missouri, but in Kansas it's the trolling motor that makes it so you have to have it registered. That's why I pedal, no registration required at the moment. 

^With this person.  I’m still plenty fit to kick my hobie fins.  And anything to keep me out of a DMV is a win.   I can do 14 mile fishing days easy.  

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It looks like Missouri has different requirements for title and for registration.  So you don't have to title a trolling motor, but you do have to title an outboard motor.  And that's separate from the boat itself.

 

If you put a trolling motor on your kayak, you don't have to title the trolling motor itself, because trolling motors don't need a title, but you do have to register the kayak, because it is no longer propelled solely by oars.  A bit confusing, I know.  It probably wouldn't hurt to place a phone call just to make sure.

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