About the Study Guide

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

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  • Only vessels 16 feet or more in length require a Certificate of Title. Vessel owners may obtain a title from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR).
  • Registration is valid for three years, beginning on April 1 and expiring on March 31 at the end of each three-year period. No vessel may be operated after the registration has expired.
  • If a Certificate of Number is lost or destroyed, the vessel owner must apply to the Department of Natural Resources for a duplicate.
  • The owner of a registered vessel must notify the Department of Natural Resources within 15 days of the occurrence of any of the following events.
    • The owner changes his or her address.
    • The owner transfers all or any part of his or her interest in the vessel.
    • The vessel is destroyed or abandoned.
  • 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 also must be registered in Wisconsin.

Registration Questions?
Call the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources at 1-888-936-7463 or visit the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources website.