Boating & Ocean Recreations Forms

DOBOR’s complete set of forms can be accessed at:

Please note that if a vessel is being registered for the first time or transferred, vessel registration forms should not be mailed to DOBOR.

The applicant must submit them in person and provide proof of identity at the time of submission. On the Big Island, Kaua`i, and Maui, this transaction can be done at any DOBOR harbor or the District Office. On O`ahu, this transaction can only be done at the DOBOR administrative offices located at 4 Sand Island Access Road, in Honolulu. Acquire the official form at the nearest DOBOR facility, fill it in completely and submit in person with 1) proof of ownership (notarized bill of sale, notice of transfer, manufacturer’s statement of origin, etc.), and, 2) a valid form of identification (driver’s license, State of Hawai`i ID card). DOBOR will accept cash, checks (pre-printed with address and phone number) and credit cards (Visa and MasterCard only) as forms of payment. If you have any additional questions about what is required to process your vessel registration form or the change of status form, please call (808) 587-1970 or the nearest DOBOR office. See a listing of DOBOR offices throughout the islands. If you just need to re-register your vessel you can do so by mail using the registration notice DOBOR send in the mail.  As of August, 2021, the online registration renewal web site has been disabled.  DOBOR plans to launch a new online registration site in the future. 

The following forms may be relayed to DOBOR via mail or fax.  

Boating Accident Reports should be filled in as completely a possible whenever there is an accident involving a vessel, PWC, etc. and the damage is estimated to be in excess of $2000. All reports are confidential. Information relayed to DOBOR is entered into the USCG’s Boating Accident Report Database (BARD).  Fill out as much of the accident form as possible and send completed forms to the DOBOR Administrative Office at 4 Sand Island Access Road, Honolulu, Hawai`i 96819, attn: Boating Safety Program.

MOWE Permits– To apply for a permit to host a sailing regatta, marine parade, boat race, exhibition, surf contest, etc., submit a Marine/Ocean Waters Event Permit application to the DOBOR District Office in the district where the event will be held.

The following forms may be relayed via mail or hand delivered to the appropriate DOBOR harbors. Please note that some forms must bear an original signature.

DOBOR’s form page: