About the Study Guide

You are looking at a preview of what’s in the timed Michigan Boat Ed Course. Feel free to look around, but you’ll need to register to begin progress toward getting your Michigan Boating Safety Certificate.

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  • All vessels that are 20 feet long or longer or have a permanently affixed engine must be titled also.
  • A Certificate of Number is valid for three years. The Certificate of Number may be renewed over the Internet at www.michigan.gov/sos.
  • As the owner of a vessel, you must notify the Secretary of State and surrender your Certificate of Number within 15 days if:
    • Your vessel is abandoned or destroyed or…
    • Your vessel is sold or ownership is otherwise transferred or…
    • You change your address.
  • If you lose or destroy your Certificate of Number or decal, you must apply to the Secretary of State for a duplicate and submit a processing fee.
  • Larger recreational vessels owned by U.S. citizens may (at the option of the owner) be documented by the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG). Call the USCG at 1-800-799-8362 for more information. Documented vessels are required to be registered also.