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Time to Register Boats


CHEYENNE - Even though some Wyoming waters are still ice covered, the Wyoming Game and Fish Department advises boaters that now is a good time to register boats for the upcoming year.

The following are the most often asked boat registration questions.

• Where can I renew my watercraft registration if there has not been a change in the ownership? You can renew your registration online, at Game and Fish regional offices, or at WGFD headquarters in Cheyenne.

• Where can I register my new boat? You must register your new boat at any Game and Fish regional office or the Cheyenne headquarters.

• What do I do if I lost my registration renewal card? Simply go to or call any Game and Fish office or just go online and renew your watercraft. Registrations are computerized and they can look up your info and provide you with renewal information at that time.

• Can I keep my boat number if I sell my boat? The boat number stays with your old boat. If you get a new boat, you will be issued a new number.

• Do I need to register my canoe or rubber raft? You do if it has a motor. Any boat with a motor, electric or internal combustion must be registered. No registration is required of craft without motors.

• How long does it take for a renewal or new registration through the mail? Generally, you should be receiving your new registration within a week after it is received in the office. During the peak season months of May-August itmay take up to 10 business days for the registration to be processed. Boaters should allow 3-5 days for mailing.

Larissa Voss who oversees boat registration for the Game and Fish said boaters can renew their registration online at or at regional WGFD offices throughout the state. “If you renew your watercraft registration online, you can print out proof of registration and proof of AIS (Aquatic Invasive Species) decal purchase and use your watercraft immediately,” Voss said. “The Cheyenne headquarters will mail your watercraft and/or AIS decal to you within the next three business days.”

Voss said that something new this year is that boaters can get a combination sticker that takes care of their boat registration and AIS decal with one sticker if they are purchased at the same time. “Combination stickers are $25 for one year or $70 for three years,” Voss said.”

Currently, registration of boats is in full swing. The Game and Fish processes around 25,000 boat registrations annually.

(Contact: Larissa Voss (307) 777-4638)



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