As boating season nears, the Department of Motor Vehicles said about 4,000 boat owners will be notified that their registrations will be delayed.
Officials from the DMV said there have been inconsistencies in some vessels’ make and model numbers, which has created a delay in transferring them to the new registration system.
"I can see this being a big hassle if they can't get it straightened out in time for the season," said Robert Maffucci, who is a boat owner.
According to the DMV, all boat owners and their registrations will be processed on time and before the April 31 deadline for all vessel registration renewals.
“In the boat renewals to these vessel owners, DMV will include a card to return to us with the accurate model name and numbers. The owners will also be given a phone number to call to renew the vessel over the phone,” DMV spokesperson Bill Seymour said.
New this year, boat owners should be aware that if they have delinquent vehicle taxes they will be unable to renew their vessel until the taxes are paid. The DMV will no longer accept clearance letters from tax collections, and they must be resolved electronically by the municipality.
Also, if a boat is documented with the U.S. Coast Guard, owners “will see that a Connecticut registration number has been referenced on their “certificate of decal” renewal invitation,” which is there for accounting purposes only, and is not a valid registration number.
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