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Boat Decal

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

  • Number must be painted, applied as a decal, or otherwise affixed on the forward half of each side of the vessel and placed to be clearly visible.
  • Number must read from left to right on both sides of the vessel.
  • Number must be in at least three-inch-high bold BLOCK letters.
  • Number’s color must contrast sharply with its background.
  • Letters must be separated from the numbers by two-inch spaces or hyphens: MS 3717 ZW or MS-3717-ZW.
  • No other numbers may be displayed on either side of the bow.
  • The validation decal should be placed in line with and within six inches following the registration number on the port (left) side of the vessel.
  • PWC Decal

    Personal watercraft also are required to display the registration number and validation decal. Note that the decal is displayed only on the port (left) side of a vessel.

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