Boating is a great way to spend time outdoors in the fresh air while being surrounded by the soothing sounds of the waves. It’s easy to find an Illinois waterway in your area and start enjoying the benefits of boating. You can find links to access boaters license forms, renew your license and learn Illinois boat laws in this section.

Once you apply for your Illinois boat registration (or boaters license), you will receive a registration number that must be displayed on your vessel. Keep in mind that you will need to pay a registration fee when you submit your application. Boat registration fees are important because they contribute to sustaining our natural resources and educating the public about the safe use of state waterways. Find license information and renewal links here.

Illinois Boat Laws and Regulations

Before you take your boat out for the first time, make sure you know the specific boat laws and regulations that apply in your state. Learn about the laws that pertain to operator age, personal flotation devices, emergency equipment and more.

Boating rules and regulations should be followed at all times for the safety of everyone on the water. The laws for each state may vary, so read the current Illinois boat laws here.