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    Time to Register Boats in Wyoming

    Even though some Wyoming waters are still ice-covered, the Wyoming Game and Fish Department advises boaters that now is a good time to register boats for the upcoming year.

    The following are the most often asked boat registration questions.

    Where can I renew my watercraft registration if there has been a change in the ownership? You can renew your registration online, at Game and Fish regional offices, or at Game and Fish headquarters in Cheyenne.

    Where can I register my new boat? You must register your new boat at any Game and Fish regional office or the Cheyenne headquarters.

    What do I do if I lost my registration renewal card? Simply go to or call any Game and Fish office or visit wgfd.wyo.gov to renew your watercraft. Because registrations are computerized, employees at any Game and Fish office may provide you with renewal information.

    Can I keep my boat number if I sell my boat? No, the boat number stays with your old boat. If you get a new boat, you will be issued a new number.

    Do I need to register my canoe or rubber raft? Yes, if it has a motor. Any boat with a motor (electric or internal combustion) must be registered. No registration is required of craft without motors.

    How long does it take for a renewal or new registration through the mail? Generally, you should receive your new registration within a week after Game and Fish receives your application or renewal.

    Larissa Voss, who oversees boat registration for Game and Fish, said boaters can renew their registration online at wgfd.wyo.gov or at regional Game and Fish offices throughout the state. “If you renew your watercraft registration online, you can print out proof of registration and proof of AIS (Aquatic Invasive Species) decal purchase and use your watercraft immediately,” Voss said. “The Cheyenne headquarters will mail your watercraft and/or AIS decal to you the following day.”

    Beginning this year, Voss said, boaters can purchase a combination sticker that represents their boat registration and AIS decal if they are purchased at the same time. “Combination stickers are $25 for one year or $70 for three years,” Voss said.

    Boat registration is in full swing. Game and Fish processes about 25,000 boat registrations annually.

    Logo courtesy Wyoming Game and Fish Department

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