Outdoor recreation can play a vital role in protecting our natural resources. When you register your boat, you do your part in sustaining resources that promote safe and responsible use of our nation's waters. Your registration dollars also help pay for marinas, boat ramps, lake clean up and much more.

Alaska Registration Requirements

Alaska Department of Natural Resources, Division of Parks and Outdoor Recreation:

The Division of Parks and Outdoor Recreation is responsible for regulating the State boating laws in Alaska.


All boats propelled by machinery, including gasoline, diesel and electric motors, and principally operated on Alaskan waters must be registered and issued an Alaska Certificate of Number (Boat Registration). The Certificate of Number is valid for three years.Once it has expired the boater will need to renew their Certificate of Number with Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV).

There is a $50 State fine for not registering a vessel.

Please note that the DMV must be notified within 15 days if the boater changes residences.

Certificate of Ownership

Boat owners must keep their Certificate of Ownership in a safe place.

Certificate of Number (Boat Registration)

The Certificate of Number and validation decal are issued by the Alaska Department of Motor Vehicles.

Boat owners must have at least a temporary Certificate of Number before they can operate in state waters. Upon receipt of the Certificate please note the following:

It must be signed and carried on board when operating the vessel

  • It is valid for three years and must be renewed upon expiration.

Boats must be registered and numbered within 30 days of purchase, whether it's a new or used boat purchase.

Successful registration results in a certificate of number,physical boat numbers and a decal. Boat numbers must:

  • Be affixed on both sides of the bow;
  • Be block letters, three inches high and contrasting with the color of your boat;
  • Letters must be separated from the numbers by a space or a hyphen.

For example: AK-3452-JK or AK 3452 JK.This is a federal and state requirement.

Lack of the correct documentation can result in delays and fines.

Make sure all boats are properly marked and documented. It is important to keep your papers with the boat - be particularly aware when transferring ownership of your vessel.

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