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Here are some facts about registering your vessel.

  • A Certificate of Number is valid for three years and expires on the last day of the month at the end of the three-year period.
  • Vessels registered in another state may operate on Alaska waters for 90 consecutive days before Alaska registration is required.
  • The owner of a numbered vessel must notify the Alaska Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV) within 15 days if:
    • He or she changes address.
    • The vessel is stolen, recovered, destroyed, abandoned, or sold.
  • If you lose or destroy your Certificate of Number or decals, you must apply to the Alaska DMV for a duplicate and submit a processing fee.
  • Larger recreational vessels owned by U.S. citizens may (at the option of the owner) be documented by the USCG. Call the USCG at 1-800-799-8362 for more information.

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