Which Boats Require Registration?
Requirements for vessel registration vary from state to state. In Missouri, you must have a Missouri Certificate of Number and validation decals to operate your vessel legally on the public waters of Missouri. The only exceptions are:
- Non-motorized vessels
- Sailboats 12 feet or less in length
- Vessels registered in other states using Missouri waters for 60 consecutive days or less
If your vessel requires registration, it is illegal to operate it or allow others to operate your vessel unless it is registered and numbered.