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California Registration Number and Stickers

The registration number and stickers must be displayed as follows:

  • Number must be painted, applied as a decal or otherwise affixed to both sides of the forward half of the vessel where it can be easily read.
  • Number must read from left to right and be in at least three-inch-high BLOCK letters.
  • Number’s color must contrast with its background.
  • Letters must be separated from the numbers by a space or hyphen. For example:
    CF 5573 JS or CF-5573-JS.
  • No other numbers may be displayed in the vicinity of the registration number.
  • Registration stickers must be affixed on both sides of the bow, three inches behind (towards the stern) and in line with the number.
California PWC Registration Number and Stickers
PWCs also are required to display the registration number and validation decals.