What will the AIS decal be used for?
Fees collected for the AIS decals will fund the AIS program in Wyoming. These fees will pay for programs to educate the public about AIS, prevention efforts to keep AIS from being introduced into Wyoming such as watercraft inspections, enforcement, and implementation of AIS regulations.
What is the fee structure for the AIS decals?
Motorized watercraft registered in Wyoming = $10 AIS decal
Motorized watercraft registered in any other state = $30 AIS decal
Non-motorized watercraft owned by a Wyoming resident = $5 AIS decal
Non-motorized watercraft owned by a non resident = $15 AIS decal
Non-motorized inflatable watercraft 10 feet in length or less are exempt from the decal requirement.
Why are only boaters being charged for the AIS decal?
Watercraft are the primary means that AIS, especially zebra and quagga mussels, are transported and therefore are the greatest risk for spreading AIS to and within Wyoming. We do not yet have any confirmed waters with invasive mussels, but waters could have mussels in them before we can detect them. So, all watercraft present a risk for transporting AIS. It is very important for all boaters, even those only boating in Wyoming, to follow the Drain, Clean, and Dry protocol.
In addition, legislative appropriations in general fund monies help fund AIS prevention activities-this money is paid by all Wyoming residents to help protect our waters.
Why are non-motorized inflatable watercraft 10' and under exempt from AIS decals?
These watercraft present a very low risk for transporting AIS because they typically do not hold or transport water, do not have hard surfaces for quagga and zebra mussels to attach to, and are not moored in the water long enough for quagga and zebra mussels to attach.
Where do I place the AIS decal on my watercraft?
Owners or operators of motorized watercraft required to purchase an Aquatic Invasive Species Program Decal shall display the decal on the starboard (right) side of the bow six (6) inches left of and directly in line with the watercraft registration decal. Non-motorized watercraft owners or operators shall display the decal on the bow in such a manner that the decal shall be visible when the watercraft is underway. Only the Aquatic Invasive Species Program Decal which is currently valid shall be displayed.
Does the AIS decal indicate a watercraft has been inspected?
No, an AIS decal is not proof a watercraft has been inspected. The AIS decal is a funding mechanism for the AIS program.
Are AIS decals different colors for motorized versus non-motorized watercraft?
No, current year AIS decals are the same color as Wyoming watercraft registration decals.
Will the AIS decals distinguish between resident and nonresident as well as motorized and non-motorized?
Yes, each AIS decal will specify if it is for motorized/non-motorized as well as resident/nonresident. These various classifications will be printed on each AIS decal.
When and where can I get an AIS decal?
AIS decals are available on the WGFD website and from automated license selling agents across Wyoming. When purchasing the decal, either on the WGFD website or at a license agent, you will be given a receipt that will allow you to launch your watercraft in Wyoming for 10 business days. A permanent decal will be mailed to you within 10 business days.
What happens if I lose a decal?
If you lose a decal, you will be required to purchase a new decal. Duplicate decals will not be available.
How long are AIS decals valid for?
AIS decals are valid for the calendar year.
When will I have to have an AIS decal?
You are required to have a current years AIS decal on your watercraft before launching on or entering into Wyoming waters.
Is it a violation not to have an AIS decal on a watercraft?
Yes, Wyoming Game and Fish Department Commission regulations require that all watercraft must have an AIS decal, prior to launching on or entering into the waters of the State. Watercraft which are non-motorized inflatable and 10 feet in length or less are exempt from the AIS decal provision.
When a watercraft with a current AIS decal changes ownership, does the new owner need to buy another AIS decal?
No, the AIS decal remains attached to the watercraft and is valid for the remainder of the calendar year.
Do I need a decal to boat in Yellowstone National Park or the Wind River Reservation?
No, you do not need a decal to boat on these waters. The State of Wyoming does not have jurisdiction in those areas. Please contact the appropriate authority in those areas for rules and regulations pertaining to those waters.
Do I need a decal to boat in waters shared by other states, such as Flaming Gorge, Big Horn Lake, Palisades Reservoir, and the North Platte River?
Yes, once you enter the waters of Wyoming you will need a decal and all applicable AIS rules and regulations will apply. For instance, if you launch your watercraft in another state and boat into Wyoming, you will need a Wyoming Aquatic Invasive Species decal once you enter the Wyoming portion of that water.