Registering Your Vessel

All operators are required to obey laws that regulate your vessel's registration, titling, and operation.

You must have a Michigan Certificate of Number (registration) and validation decals to operate your vessel legally on public waters in Michigan. The only exceptions are:

Michigan Registration Form

Sample registration card

All watercraft with a motor must be registered including electric and inflatable vessels.

The Certificate of Number and validation decals are obtained by submitting the proper application and fee to any Secretary of State branch office.

The Certificate of Number (registration card) must be on board and available for inspection by an enforcement officer whenever the vessel is being operated.

The registration number and validation decals must be displayed as follows.

Michigan Validation Decal

Where To Title and Register

The Certificate of Number and validation decals are obtained by submitting the proper application and fee to any Secretary of State branch office. You can find your closest branch office:

Where To Renew Your Certificate of Number

A Certificate of Number is valid for three years and may be renewed: