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Requirements for vessel registration vary from state to state. In Vermont, you must have a Vermont Certificate of Registration and validation stickers to operate any vessel propelled by a motor legally on public waters. The only exceptions are:

  • Non-motorized vessels
  • Vessels registered legally in another state or country if the vessel has not been within Vermont for more than 90 days

Vessels documented by the U.S. Coast Guard or registered legally in another state or country must validate their registration numbers by obtaining a validation sticker from the Vermont Department of Motor Vehicles if the vessels are on Vermont waters for 30 days or more in a calendar year.

If your vessel requires registration, it is illegal to operate it or allow others to operate your vessel unless it is registered and numbered properly.