Massachusetts Boat Registration Decal Information

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Before you head to the water, two things you need to do to be legal in Massachusetts.

  1. Register and get your Registration Boat Numbers. Click here to get your Massachusetts Boat Validation Numbers.
  2. Order your Boat Registration Decals and get them FAST, ... with guaranteed 'no mess-up' installation. You can order your Boat Validation Numbers stickers for Massachusetts here.

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Excerpt from Massachusetts Boat Regulations:

Q: What do I do with the registration certificate, number, and decal?

A: The registration certificate is proof that the boat is registered. It also serves as proof of ownership if the boat is not titled or documented. The registration certificate should be available for inspection on board the motorboat whenever it is in operation.

The registration number is assigned when you register your boat for the first time. It should be painted or attached to each side of the forward half of the boat. It should read from left to right, be in block letters not less than three inches high, and contrast with the color of the boat's hull. The number consists of the letters MS followed by no more than four numbers and two capital letters. A two-inch space or hyphen must separate the letters and the numbers. The registration number is issued to the boat owner and not the vessel. Therefore, it can be transferred to different boats for a given owner, but it cannot be transferred to a new owner.

The registration decal should be placed in line with and three inches to the stern of the registration number on the port side of the boat. The decal is issued with the initial registration and each registration renewal; it indicates the month and year that the registration expires.


 Massachusetts Registration Numbers Specifications

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