Outdoor recreation can play a vital role in protecting our natural resources. When you register your boat, you do your part in sustaining resources that promote safe and responsible use of our nation's waters. Your registration dollars also help pay for marinas, boat ramps, lake clean up and much more.
The Delaware Division of Fish and Wildlife is responsible for regulating the State boating laws in Delaware.
In Delaware, all vessels used or placed on state waters and propelled by any form of mechanical power, including electric trolling motors, must be registered. The following are exceptions:
Boat owners must keep their Certificate of Ownership in a safe place. NOTE On the reverse of the Certificate of Ownership there is an application for the transfer of ownership.
Boat owners must have at least a temporary Certificate of Number before they can operate in state waters. Upon receipt of the Certificate of Number please note the following:
Successful registration results in a Certificate of Number,physical boat numbers and a decal. Boat numbers must:
For example: DE 1234BX or DE-1234-BX. This is a federal and state requirement.
Lack of the correct documentation may result in delays and fines.
Make sure all vessels are properly marked and documented. It's important to keep your papers with the boat - be particularly aware when transferring ownership of your vessel.
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