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Boat Forms

Many of the forms are in the Adobe® Acrobat® (PDF) format. Adobe® Reader® is required to open the files. Get free Adobe Reader. On fillable forms, use the "hand" tool to click in areas to fill.

All blank forms may be copied. When submitting to TPWD all information must be completed and signatures must be original. Complete form(s) in blue or black ink. Please be advised, at this time TPWD offices are unable to accept credit cards for all boat/outboard motor transactions.

Purchasing Used Vessels/Outboard MotorsDO NOT purchase a used vessel/boat or outboard motor without receiving an original title (signed on the front and back) along with a signed bill of sale from the person(s) listed on the title or from their legally documented representative. If a legal representative signs the title or bill of sale for the recorded owner(s), you must obtain a copy of the documentation authorizing the legal representative to act on behalf of the owner(s). Texas Parks and Wildlife is not authorized to register/title boat trailers, those are handled by the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles through your local County Tax offices.

Fee Chart – Boat / Outboard Motor and Related Items

Fee Chart media download(PDF 107.5 KB)

This form contains an itemized listing of the fees required for all vessel/boat, outboard motor, and marine license transactions.


Vessel/Boat Color Chart

Color Chart media download(PDF 85.3 KB)

Use this color chart to determine which of the available color choices best matches the predominant color, or color that appears the most, on your vessel/boat.


Sample Texas Certificate of Number Card

Texas Card Sample media download(PDF 181.5 KB)

This document provides a sample of the Texas Certificate of Number for a Vessel Card which is provided with vessel/boat registration. A legend describing the information printed on the certificate is also included. The certificate, when issued, is valid through the expiration date shown, must always be aboard the vessel/boat (including USCG documented vessels that require Texas registration), and be available for inspection by an enforcement officer.


Basics to Boat Transactions

Basics to Boat Transactions

This training document provides the basic legal background information intended to aid TPWD staff or its Agent in understanding basic boat/outboard motor transactions.

This document contains the following:


Vessel/Boat Application: Title and Registration, Registration for USCG, or Sales Tax Only

PWD 143 media download(PDF 259.5 KB) - Save the PDF form to your computer before completing or printing it; do not fill out the form in a web browser.

This form is used to:

Instructions for completing the application are included with the form. Please see Fee Chart – Boat/Outboard Motor and Related Items and PWD 930 - Boat/Motor Sales, Use and New Resident Tax Calculator for additional assistance.


Vessel/Boat Records Maintenance

PWD 143M media download(PDF 206.8 KB) - Save the PDF form to your computer before completing or printing it; do not fill out the form in a web browser.

This form is used to:

Instructions for completing the application are included with the form. Please see Fee Chart – Boat/Outboard Motor and Related Items for additional assistance.

Additional Tools:


Outboard Motor Application: Title or Sales Tax Only

PWD 144 media download(PDF 173.1 KB) - Save the PDF form to your computer before completing or printing it; do not fill out the form in a web browser.

This form is used to:

Instructions for completing the application are included with the form. Please see Fee Chart – Boat/Outboard Motor and Related Items and PWD 930 - Boat/Motor Sales, Use and New Resident Tax Calculator for additional assistance.


Outboard Motor Records Maintenance

PWD 144M media download(PDF 124.6 KB) - Save the PDF form to your computer before completing or printing it; do not fill out the form in a web browser.

This form is used to:

Instructions for completing the application are included with the form. Please see Fee Chart – Boat/Outboard Motor and Related Items for additional assistance.

Additional Tools:


Release of Lien for Vessel/Outboard Motor

PWD 231 media download(PDF 210.8 KB)


Affidavit of Statutory Lien Foreclosure Sale for Storage or Mechanic's Lien

PWD 309A

Affidavit of Statutory Lien Foreclosure Sale by Self-Service Storage Facility

PWD 309B

Application for Dealer, Distributor or Manufacturer License

PWD 310 media download(PDF 142 KB)

The basic application form used for all Marine License activity including:

PWD 310 Supplemental Information – Rules and statutes pertaining to Dealer, Distributor and/or Manufacturer Licenses.


Application for Marine Licensee Temporary Use Validation Card and/or Decal Set

PWD 310A media download(PDF 76.9 KB)

This form is used to:


Affidavit for Repossessed Boat and/or Motor

PWD 312 media download(PDF 29.3 KB)


Affidavit of Facts

PWD 314 media download(PDF 242.5 KB)


Bonded Title Process (Instructions)

Statement of Fact for Boat and/or Outboard Motor Bonded Title Review

PWD 0388 media download(PDF 454.5 KB)


Request to Release a Lien, Add a New Lien, or Correct a Lien

PWD 403 media download(PDF 298.2 KB)

This form is used to make the following changes to lien holder information:

Please see Fee Chart – Boat/Outboard Motor and Related Items for additional assistance.


Verification of Vessel or Outboard Motor Serial Number

PWD 504 media download(PDF 241.8 KB)


Letter of Authorization

PWD 581 media download(PDF 314.1 KB)


Affidavit of Heirship for a Vessel/Boat and/or Outboard Motor

PWD 738 media download(PDF 253.3 KB)


Ownership/Lien Holder Information Printout or Ownership History Report

PWD 763 media download(PDF 263.5 KB)

This form is used to:

Please see Fee Chart – Boat/Outboard Motor and Related Items for additional assistance.

Additional Tools


Pawn Shop Affidavit

PWD 778 media download(PDF 310.4 KB)


Rights of Survivorship Ownership Agreement for a Vessel and/or Outboard Motor

PWD 790 media download(PDF 143.6 KB)


Boat/Motor Sales, Use and New Resident Tax Calculator

PWD 930 - Boat Sales Tax, Penalty and Interest Calculator

Calculator used in preparing forms PWD 143 media download(PDF 259.5 KB) and PWD 144 media download(PDF 173.1 KB). This form is used to:


Limited Power of Attorney for Vessels and/or Outboard Motors

PWD 1055 media download(PDF 61.6 KB) | PWD 1055 media download(Word 64 KB)


Affidavit of Authority to Administer Trust

PWD 1056 media download(PDF 230.8 KB)


Void Request

PWD 1084 media download(PDF 169.7 KB)


Affidavit of Fee Exemption for Military Personnel

PWD 1175 media download(PDF 255.7 KB)


Marine Licensee Validation Card Usage Log

PWD 1178 media download(PDF 277.5 KB)

This form is used to:


Application for Party Boat Operator License

PWD 1207 media download(PDF 418.1 KB)

This form is used to:

Please see Fee Chart – Boat/Outboard Motor and Related Items for additional assistance.

For additional information about this license: Party Boat Program.


Application for Annual Party Boat Inspection

PWD 1208 media download(PDF 259.4 KB)

This form is used to:

Please see Fee Chart – Boat/Outboard Motor and Related Items for additional assistance.

For additional information about this inspection: Party Boat Program.


Request to Skip Titling Requirement of Previous Owner(s)

PWD 1238 media download(PDF 262.5 KB)

This form should be completed by an applicant when this person has purchased or acquired a vessel/boat or outboard motor from a seller and the title is in the name of a prior owner (not the sellers' name). This form should only be submitted when the previous owner refuses to title the asset or when proof can be provided that the previous owner cannot be located. This form will not negate the tax liability owed by the previous, non-titled owners. Information provided will be followed up for non-payment of sales/use tax and vessel/outboard motor titling fees. Incomplete information may result in denial of the application.

This form is subject to approval and should be submitted only when:

This form is used as a support document for applicable ownership transfers. Submit with appropriate application form(s):

PWD 143 media download(PDF 259.5 KB) and/or PWD 144 media download(PDF 173.1 KB)


Ownership Change Notification - Vessel/Boat or Outboard Motor

PWD 1340 - Ownership Transfer Notification Online

Sold or no longer own your vessel/boat and/or outboard motor? Notify Texas Parks & Wildlife.

Additional Tools:
PWD 1340 media download(PDF 306.2 KB)


Abandoned Boat and/or Outboard Motor Request for Bonded Title Review

PWD 1344 media download(PDF 233.7 KB)


Temporary Use Tax Permit

PWD 1434 media download(PDF 147.1 KB)