Boating and Water Safety
Title & Registration
Title, Registration & ID Requirements
See title, registration, TX number, bill of sale and transfer requirements.
Fee Chart for Boats & Outboard Motors
List of fees for registration, decals, titles, taxes and more.
References, Tools & Forms
Guides, online applications and forms required to complete boat titling and registration transactions.
Operation, Safety & Education
Operation of Your Boat
Review unlawful boat operation activities.
Operation of Personal Watercraft
Definition of personal watercraft and unlawful activities.
Required Safety Equipment
See the safety equipment required for different vessel types.
What to do in the event of a boating accident.
Mandatory Boater Education
Boater education is recommended for all operators and required for those born on or after Sept. 1, 1993.
Waterfowl Hunting Boater Safety Risk Assessment
Assess that risk of hunting waterfowl using a boat.
Options for boat registration renewal, replacement decals and more.
Clean, Drain, Dry Your Boat
To prevent the spread of invasive species, boaters are required to drain all water from their boat and gear.
List of locations for registration and titles for boats and outboard motors.
The Texas Parks and Wildlife Outdoor Annual includes regulations for recreational freshwater and saltwater fishing and hunting in Texas. While Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) strives to provide accurate information in the Outdoor Annual, hunting and fishing regulations may change due to legislative or Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission actions. The Outdoor Annual Mobile App may automatically update to reflect published changes upon establishment of a data connection, but users should independently check the associated statutes and regulations to verify their accuracy. For commercial fishing regulations, see the "Commercial Fishing Guide". For more detailed information on game and fish regulations, contact the Texas Parks and Wildlife Law Enforcement offices, or the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department at 800-792-1112 or 512-389-4800 (Mon–Fri 8AM – 5PM).
TPWD receives funds from the USFWS. TPWD prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, disability, age, and gender, pursuant to state and federal law. To request an accommodation or obtain information in an alternative format, please contact TPWD on a Text Telephone (TTY) at 512-389-8915 or by Relay Texas at 7-1-1 or 800-735-2989 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you believe you have been discriminated against by TPWD, please contact TPWD, 4200 Smith School Road, Austin, TX 78744, or the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Office for Diversity and Workforce Management, 5275 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, VA 22041.