Boating Lake County Blog

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 #1 — You 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 #2 — If 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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