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All motorized boats and any sailboat more than 12 feet in length must register with Wisconsin's Department of Natural Resources (DNR).
- Any boat from another country temporarily in Wisconsin.
- A ship's lifeboat.
- Any Non-motorized sailboat that's 12 feet or less in length.
- Any manually propelled vessel that's not furnished with a motor or sail. This includes canoes, kayaks, and rowboats.
- Any boat registered with a federally recognized American Indian tribe or band.
- Any boat registered in another state and using Wisconsin waters for no more than 60 consecutive days.
Any boat more than 16 feet in length must be titled. Detailed titling instructions can be found on the Boat Registration and Application (Form 9400-193).
Wisconsin Boat Registrations
- Complete a Boat Registration and Application (Form 9400-193).
- Photocopy the application before mailing. This will serve as your temporary registration until your new one arrives in the mail.
- Mail application with all applicable fees to the address on the application.
Or, if you prefer, drop off the application and payment at any DNR office.
Fees are based on a boat's length, type, and whether it was obtained through a dealer, a private party or a transfer.
You can renew your boat registration:
- By mail.
- In person.
To renew online you must provide:
- Either your DNR customer number or Social Security number.
- Your birthdate.
- Your mailing address.
- Your boat's registration number.
- Payment via MasterCard or Visa.
Renew by Mail
Mail your registration renewal notice, along with payment, to the address listed on the form. If you don't have a renewal notice, complete a Boat Registration and Application (Form 9400-193) and mail to the address listed on the application.
Renew in Person
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- A boating safety course certificate is required for all boat operators born on or after January 1, 1989.
Wisconsin Boater Safety Courses
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- Recreational safety courses are offered throughout the state, generally during March, April, May and June. Before attending, first get a DNR Customer ID Number by calling (888) 936-7463 or visiting any DNR location.
- Complete a state-approved online course through BOATERexam.com. Click its link below for immediate class information.
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