Florida Boater Registration Discount

Florida Boater Registration Discount - View the Bill (CS/CS/HB 427)

Beginning July 1, 2016 through June 30, 2017, a customer who owns a recreational vessel equipped with an Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon (EPIRB) or who owns a recreational vessel and a Personal Locator Beacon (PLB) is eligible to receive a registration fee reduction during an original or renewal vessel registration transaction. The customer must go visit a tax collector office or license plate agency and provide documentation that the EPIRB or PLB is registered with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) at the time of registration.  A customer who owns more than one recreational vessel with an EPIRB will receive the fee reduction when registering each vessel with the EPIRB.  A customer who owns more than one recreational vessel who owns a PLB will receive the fee reduction for only one vessel. Click here for a list of current and reduced fees.

 Vessel Registration Fee Chart


About the AustinBlu Foundation - Learn More

The AustinBlu Foundation was formed in 2015, in the wake of a tragedy involving two young boaters from Jupiter, Florida, who were lost at sea on July 24th, 2015. Austin Blu Stephanos was one of those boys and the namesake of this foundation.

The boys virtually grew up on the water; boating, fishing, diving or swimming nearly every day. They worked at a tackle shop together and immersed themselves in the salt-life of the ocean. This Foundation is rooted in Austin’s lifelong love of the sea and his desire to share that love and enjoy the beauty and excitement of the ocean at every possible opportunity. Austin's life story is as much a love story as a cautionary tale. The ocean was the love of his life; the lesson of his life is to take every precaution when enjoying the majesty, beauty and power of our oceans.

We respectfully ask that you join us in our efforts to help more people safely experience the majesty, beauty and power of our oceans.

Visit www.austinblufoundation.org for more information.

News Regarding the Florida Beacon Bill:

Sun-Sentinel - Gov. Scott signs boating-safety bill inspired by teens who vanished at sea

WJHG News Channel 7 - Governor Scott signs new boating safety bill

Miami Channel 4 CBS Local News - Gov. Scott Signs Boater Safety Bill

Panama City News Herald - Gov. Scott signs safety bill