Boat Validation Decals Needed

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Attention boaters: new boat validation decals are needed before you launch your boat this year.

The red validation decal obtained for motorboats, sailboats, or personal watercraft expired at the end of February and should be removed or covered. The new decal needed before launching boats this spring is green in color and is valid through Feb. 28, 2011.

To keep Montana boaters consistent with federal boating laws that changed in 2005, state law requires Montana owners of motorboats, sailboats, or personal watercraft to validate their registration every three years by displaying the following on their water craft:     (1) a permanent gold registration decal, and

(2) two green validation decals that expire every three years.

Boaters must have these decals properly displayed on their boats before putting them in the water.

Boaters who have already permanently registered their boats, sailboats, or PWC must obtain the two Boat Validation Decals every three years at FWP regional and area offices, or by going to the FWP website at Boat Validation Decals.

Validation decals ordered over the FWP website will be delivered by mail.

  Be sure to bring your current registration receipt issued by the County Treasurer to your regional FWP office or have the information available when using the website to obtain the free decals. 

If you are in the process of buying a boat or plan to buy one this season, the first set of validation decals will be issued to you when you permanently register the boat or PWC in your name at the County Treasurer’s office. Subsequent sets of validation decals, after Feb. 28, 2011, will be issued to you by visiting your FWP Regional or Area Office, or by requesting your decals online.

For more information, go to the FWP Montana Boating Laws page or contact Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks at 406-444-2535.