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Requirements for vessel registration vary from state to state. In Montana, a boat owner must have the title (Certificate of Ownership), the boat registration (Certificate of Number), and proper decals to legally operate on Montana's waters. Exceptions to registration requirements are:

  • Non-motorized sailboats less than 12 feet long and all manually propelled vessels
  • Vessels registered in other states using Montana waters for 90 consecutive days or less
  • Vessels documented with the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG)
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