Register Your Boat Before You Hit the Water in Oregon

Although they are often skippered by teens and young adults, boats are not toys. Both the craft and its operator must comply with all Federal and state requirements, no matter whether you live in Oregon or elsewhere.

If you’re heading out on the water, whether it’s or , or elsewhere, be prepared.

Federal regulations require that most watercraft be registered and have an identification number. A validation sticker and registration number must be displayed on the craft. The U.S. Coast Guard enforces the federal laws, rules and operating procedures.

State regulations vary, but may require the operator to be of a minimum age (usually 14 to 16 years old), complete a safe boating course and/or obtain an operator’s certificate. Oregon and local jurisdictions may also regulate speed limits, hours and areas of operation. Click on a state below for more details.

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