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Governor Whitmer Signs Executive Order Extending Validity of Existing Watercraft Registration
Sat, 23 May 2020 00:51:10 EDT
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Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed Executive Order 2020-101 Friday, extending the validity of watercraft registrations that expired after February 1st, 2020 to July 31st.
"As temperatures continue to warm up, recreational boaters should not have to worry about their watercraft registration expiring at no fault of their own," said Governor Whitmer. "This Executive Order will allow all watercraft users to safely take full advantage of this beautiful weather and Michigan's pristine lakes and rivers, while minimizing in-person work in order to flatten the COVID-19 curve."
"I appreciate Governor Gretchen Whitmer extending these expirations," said Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson. "It will give flexibility and peace of mind to watercraft owners across the state, and reduce in-person interactions at Secretary of State branch offices."
New watercraft can be operated in Michigan waters until July 31st without displaying an identifying number and decal, provided the operator of the vessel possesses a proof of purchase or equivalent evidence that the vessel was acquired after January 1st, 2020. Additionally, law enforcement cannot issue tickets as a result of watercraft decals that expired after September 30th, 2019. The state cannot assess late fees for expired decals as long as boaters renew their registration by July 31st.
Boaters are asked to complete their watercraft registration renewals during the state's emergency and disaster declarations at This Website
The order takes effect immediately.