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Here are some additional facts about registering your vessel.

  • 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:
    • They change their 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). 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.
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