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Requirements for vessel registration vary from state to state. In Rhode Island, you must have a Certificate of Number (registration card) and validation decals to operate your vessel legally on Rhode Island’s public waters. The only exceptions are:

  • A vessel properly registered in another state using Rhode Island waters for 90 days or less, or vessels from another country temporarily using Rhode Island waters
  • Ships’ lifeboats or vessels used only for racing
  • A rowboat less than 12 feet long, unless motorized
  • A canoe or kayak, unless motorized
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