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Validation decal on bow of boat
If your motorboat requires registration, it is illegal to operate it or allow others to operate your motorboat unless it is registered and numbered as described below.
PWC showing validation decal
Personal watercraft also are required to display the registration number and validation decals.

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

  • Number must be painted, applied as a decal, or otherwise affixed to the forward half of each side of the motorboat and placed to be clearly visible.
  • Number must read from left to right on both sides of the motorboat.
  • Number must be in at least three-inch-high, bold, BLOCK letters.
  • Number’s color must contrast with its background.
  • Letters must be separated from the numbers by a space or hyphen: AR 3717 ZW, AR-3717-ZW, AR 999 AZZ, or AR-999-AZZ.
  • No other numbers may be displayed on either side of the bow.
  • Decals must be affixed on each side of the motorboat, toward the stern of the registration number, and three inches from and in line with the number.