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

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  • The Certificate of Number is valid for one, two, or three years, at the option of the owner.
  • The owner of a numbered vessel must notify TWRA within 15 days if:
    • You change your address.
    • The vessel is lost, stolen and/or recovered, destroyed, abandoned, or sold.
  • Vessels registered in another state may operate on Tennessee waters for 60 consecutive days before Tennessee registration is required.
  • If you lose or destroy your Certificate of Number or validation decals, you must apply to the TWRA 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). (Read more about obtaining the U.S. Coast Guard’s Certificate of Documentation.) Call the USCG at 1-800-799-8362 for more information.
    • Documented vessels must be registered in Tennessee and carry the Certificate of Number on board, but are not required to display the registration number.
    • The validation decals issued by the TWRA must be placed on both sides of the documented vessel on the windows closest to the main operator station.
      • If the vessel does not have windows, the decals must be placed in the immediate vicinity of the operator and must be clearly visible to enforcement officers.
      • Sailboats may place the decals on both sides of the bottom of the main mast.