Last week, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis signed into law the Uniform Certificate of Title Act (HB 475/S 676), which creates a titling program for recreational boats. The National Marine Manufacturers Association and the marine industry have been advocating for the legislation. In a statement, NMMA called titling a “vital tool in the effort to protect consumers from buying damaged, destroyed or stolen boats.
Similar to the way Carfax identifies if a car has been in an accident and who the owner is, the creation of a Florida titling program adds consumer protection. Titles also create confidence in the marketplace and helps protect dealers from being saddled with an unsellable vessel.
NMMA thanked state representative Jayer Williamson (Dist. 3) and Senator Ed Hooper (dist. 16) for their efforts in making boat titling a law in Florida.