Which Boats Require Registration?
Requirements for vessel registration vary from state to state. In Louisiana, you must have a Certificate of Number (registration) and validation decals to operate a motorboat or sailboat legally on public waters. A motorboat is defined as any vessel equipped with or propelled by any type of machinery whether or not such machinery is the principal source of propulsion. The only exceptions are:
- A sailboat 12 feet or less in length
- A sailboard
- A motorboat/sailboat documented with the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG), unless it is a recreational use vessel
- A motorboat/sailboat with valid registration in another state or country, on the waters of Louisiana for 90 or fewer consecutive days