How to Identify the Model Year of a Yamaha Outboard

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South Carolina, Missouri, Ohio, Oklahoma, Texas and Utah require a "model year" when registering or titling your outboard motor. Yamaha, like Mercury Marine, has eliminated the "model year." Though Yamaha no longer associates a production year with a model, you'll know your outboard's model and the year in which your outboard was produced. All of the six states, with the exception of South Carolina -- which uses the "manufacture date" from the manufacturer's statement of origin -- accept the "year built" on the motor.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy


  1. 1

    Look on your motor's registration. It may display the year and model, particularly if the motor was previously registered or titled in one of the six states that require a title and registration for outboard motors.

  2. 2

    Look at the manufacturer's statement of origin (MSO). Yamaha provides an MSO with every new motor. Both the motor's model and the year built are part of this form.

  3. 3

    Call the titling/registration office to familiarise yourself with the information needed. Look on the starboard (right) side of the motor bracket to find the MSO placard; both the model and year of production are stamped into the placard.

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