All watercraft, with the exception of sailboards, must be registered and titled, except a watercraft that is non-powered, owned and operated on water completely impounded on land belonging to the watercraft owner. This does not apply to water controlled by a club or association.

Visit The Illinois Department of Natural Resources for full details regarding Watercraft Registration and Boating Regulations.

Download the Watercraft Registration and Fee Schedule

Watercraft Registration and Fee Schedule
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Be sure to visit the official Web site of the U.S. Coast Guard Office of Boating Safety.

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