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Illinois Makes Big Registration Changes


The fun of boating in Lake County hasn’t changed, but since last year, Illinois registration rules have. If you haven’t heard the news yet, read on: 

CHANGE #1You no longer need an Illinois Water Usage Stamp for non-motorized craft such as canoes, kayaks, rowboats and paddleboats. Apparently, the stickers tended to both fade in the sun and slip off the hull. You will still need to register watercraft with a motor – including trolling motors – or boats with sails. 

CHANGE #2If your boat has a motor, you’ll no longer need a certificate of title if it’s no longer than 22 feet. Still, it’s a good idea to obtain a title, because it’s proof that you are the owner. The cost is minimal: $10.

CHANGE #3 The expiration date for Illinois watercraft registration is now September 30, instead of June 30. All new and transfer renewal registrations issued on or after June 1, 2018 will have an expiration date of September 30, in the calendar year of expiration.

For more registration information and for forms, visit www​.dnr​.illi​nois​.gov/​b​o​ating. See you on the water!

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