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Be Aware Of Boat Decal Requirements Before Launching


Fri Apr 28 00:00:00 MDT 2006

Montana's new, free boat validation decals that expire every three years.  The new decals must be properly displayed in addition to the permanent registration decals.

Montana's New, Free Boat Validation Decals

Montana boat owners preparing for the 2006 season are reminded to obtain the proper decals on their vessel before launching.  Sailboats 12 feet long and longer, and all motorboats and personal watercraft (jet skis), must be registered, numbered and display the proper decals.  

Required decals include:

*      the permanent registration decal issued by the County Treasurer's office when a boat is registered, and

*      two free validation decals. 

Boaters can pick up the two free validation decals when they purchase their permanent registration decal at their County Treasurer's office.

Boaters who already permanently registered their boats, may pick up their two free validation decals at any Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks office. To complete the paperwork with FWP, boat owners will need to have with them the permanent registration receipt issued by the County Treasurer.

Boaters can also request the two free validation decals by going to FWP's validation decals web page.  Decals are mailed in approximately two weeks.  Validation decals expire Feb.28, 2008.

The Montana law requires owners of motorboats, sailboats or personal watercraft

 to display the decals as follows:

a permanent registration decal on the left-side (port) of the bow,

two free validation decals, one on each side of the bow.  

Application instructions are also provided with the decals.

For more information, contact FWP by phone:  406-444-2452, or by email: Ron Jendro.