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Boat Dealer

Required State License(s):

A sales tax license is required with the Department of Treasury. You may call the Michigan Department of Treasury at (517) 636-4660 and request a Registration For Michigan Taxes form (518).

Other Possible License(s):

Special watercraft registrations are available to dealers and manufacturers for use on any watercraft used for testing or demonstration. The fee is $30 for each three-year registration. For more information visit the Secretary of State Web site or call 1-888-SOS-MICH (888-767-6424).

If a dealer finances all purchases, the dealer is required to be licensed as an Installment Seller. Contact the Department of Insurance and Financial Services for licensure information at 877-999-6442 or visit

Revised: 01/2020