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Lake County, Illinois boating FAQ

What do I need to do to register or title my boat?

Obtain an application from either a boat dealer, currency exchange, DNR office, state park, or download from the registration page. Complete the application and send in the top copy to the DNR. Keep the middle copy with you until you receive registration documents from the DNR. Your copy allows you to use the watercraft in the interim. The back side of the application identifies registration fees and other documents (title, Certificate of Origin, Dept. of Revenue receipt, etc.) which needs to be sent to the DNR. Allow 8 weeks for processing; during the peak boating season the processing time may increase. You may also call 2175570180 or 18003821696 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday — Friday. If the watercraft has never been registered and titled in Illinois, complete the application as a NEW” registration.


How much does it cost to register my boat?

Find the latest fee information at the DNR website.

New and Transfer Renewal
Class 1 — All powered Watercraft less than 16 ft. except non-powered — $28.00
Class 2 — 16 ft. to less than 26 ft. — $60.00
Class 3 — 26 ft. to less than 40 ft. — $160.00
Class 4 — 40 ft. and over — $210.00

Class 1 — All powered Watercraft less than 16 ft. except non-powered — $18.00
Class 2 — 16 ft. to less than 26 ft. — $50.00
Class 3 — 26 ft. to less than 40 ft. — $150.00
Class 4 — 40 ft. and over — $200.00

Corrected Title, Corrected Registration, Duplicate Title, Duplicate Decals, Duplicate Registration
for each transaction.

Title Search
for each Title Search. 

Dealer or Manufacturer Title
for each transaction. 

USCG Registration Fees or Renewal Fees
Class 2 — 16 ft. to less than 26 ft. — $50.00
Class 3 — 26 ft. to less than 40 ft — $150.00
Class 4 — 40 ft. and over — $200.00


Where can I register my boat?

All watercraft (other than sailboards) operated on the waters within the jurisdiction of this State shall be registered and titled.

State law requires that the purchaser of a watercraft shall, within 15 days after purchase, make application to the Department for registration/​title. Watercraft purchased from a dealer, the dealer must within 15 days mail or deliver the application to the Department.

No titles, registration cards, and/​or decals are issued over the counter at any Natural Resources Offices. Applications are processed by mail at the Springfield Office.


Can I renew my registration online?

Yes, through the DNR website.


What to do when involved in a boating accident?

Boating Accident Report Form

Completion of this Boating Accident Report form does not excuse you from reporting an accident for investigation to either the Illinois Conservation Police or your local law enforcement agency. This form only fulfills your written reporting requirement per the Illinois Boat Registration and Safety Act of 1959. You must report the accident on this form if the accident results in the loss of life, injury to a person greater than first aid, or total property damage (vessel, contents, and other property) is $2,000.00 or greater.


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