Certificate of Number (Registration Card)
Watercraft registration application forms are available from Illinois Department of Natural Resources regional offices, conservation officers, and boat dealers. Boaters may renew their vessel registrations by phone (1-866-867-3542 or 1-800-867-3542) or online at the DNR website.
After registering a vessel, the owner will receive a Certificate of Number (registration card).
Registration is valid for three years. All certificates expire on June 30 at the end of the three-year period.
If an expiration decal is lost or destroyed, the vessel owner must apply to the Department of Natural Resources for a duplicate.
The owner of a registered vessel must notify the Department of Natural Resources within 15 days of the following events:
- The owner changes his or her address or...
- The owner transfers all or any part of his or her interest in the vessel or...
- The vessel is destroyed or abandoned.