Chapter 20, Section D:
Titling and Registering a Used Boat

Revised May 22, 2013


Requirements for Titling and Registering a Used Boat

  • Previous Outstanding Title
    The current outstanding Certificate of Title is the primary document when transferring ownership of a used vessel. Photocopies are not acceptable for executing transfers, lien filings or releases, title changes etc. In the absence of an ownership document from out of state, where title and registration may not be required, the official document shall be the “Affirmation Certifying Ownership” (ACO) (MVD-10010) with (as proof of ownership) an invoice, contract, or registration certificate. The person reflected on the invoice, contract, or registration certificate document must sign the Affidavit Certifying Ownership. Refer to the most current R. L. Polk manual for guidance.
  • Surety Bond (if applicable)
    In the absence of ownership documents for purchases made after 1987 or for newer model vessels a surety bond will be required.
  • Bill of Sale
    Assignment of Title completed or Bill of Sale (MVD-10009) for purchases made from individuals - must include sales price. Reassignment of Title by dealer or Bill of Sale (MVD-10009) for purchases made from dealers.
  • Dealer Invoice
    Must be an original or a certified copy.
  • Hull Identification Number (HIN) Inspection
    A Certified VIN Inspector, certified law enforcement officer or New Mexico Park Ranger must conduct inspection of the vessel.

    The Hull Identification Number (HIN) of a vessel can be found on the outboard starboard (right) side of a vessel’s transom and is usually 12-14 characters. Those characters may be preceded by the letters US. Do not include the US when entering a HIN in 2.0.
  • Release of Lien (as needed) 
  • Lien Holder Information (if applicable)
  • Proof of Trade-in Vessel
  • Power of Attorney (POA) (as needed) 
    Must be an original or a certified copy.
  • Notice of Additional Requirements (as needed)
  • Identification
  • Registered owner on Title Application
    Must appear as shown on assignment.
  • Application for Vessel Title and Registration (MVD-10003)

Assignment of New Mexico Registration Number

Please refer to Section F, Assignment of New Mexico Registration Number and Hull Identification Number (HIN).