New boat registration requirements announced

(Statewide, WY) – Heading to the water for boating? Be sure to register your watercraft and purchase an aquatic invasive species (AIS) decal to be ready to enjoy a summer on the water. All motorized watercraft operating on Wyoming waters are required to have a current watercraft registration and AIS decal.

“Register your boat early and know you’ll be able to relax on the water,” said Jennifer Doering, the Wyoming Game and Fish Department license section manager. “You should allow 10 days from when you register your boat online to receive your registration and decals.”

An important update for 2021 allows only owners or co-owners to register their watercraft. This aligns boater registration with other Game and Fish licensing requirements. 

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All motorized watercraft operating on Wyoming waters are required to have a current watercraft registration and AIS decal. Boats can be registered for one or three years; one year AIS decals are also available. Allow 10 days for arrival.  

How to register a watercraft depends on if the boat is new or simply needs a renewal. All watercraft owners may register or renew the registration via mail, as long as the proper paperwork and registration fees are included. If renewing online, keep your receipt as proof until you receive your registration and decals.

Any newly-purchased or transfer of ownership of watercraft requires a new county issued title and proof of paid Wyoming sales tax. Owners are permitted to operate their new watercraft for only 30 days after the purchase with a notarized bill of sale. Any watercraft that has changed ownership may require law enforcement to verify the Hull Identification Numbers (HIN) for accuracy prior to titling. For this situation, watercraft can be registered at Cheyenne Headquarters or any regional office by the owner or co-owner. 

If the watercraft was previously registered in another state, Game and Fish can accept a current non-Wyoming title or current non-Wyoming watercraft registration in the watercraft owner’s name at any regional office or Cheyenne Headquarters in order to register your boat in Wyoming. Any watercraft purchased outside Wyoming must undergo an AIS inspection prior to being launched.

If a watercraft is currently registered in Wyoming, a renewal can be easily completed online or at any regional office.

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