It’s time to check boat decals to make sure they’re still valid and if they expire March 31, to renew them.
The DNR has sent out 263,000 boat renewal notifications and has emailed 40,000 boat owners with a reminder in the last few weeks. Boat registrations are on a three-year cycle; registrations renewed in 2013 will be good until March 31, 2016.
There are 290 vehicle registration agents in the state, most of them with longer hours and open on more weekends than the DNR customer service center. Boat owners can renew a registration or get a duplicate and walk out with their decal that same day.
There are several ways to renew, including the option of using the vehicle registration agents. Agents include hotels, chambers of commerce, marine supply stores and the like.
Boat owners may also renew registration online or by mail. More information on these options and a link to DNR’s online licensing center can be found on the DNR website, dnr.wi.gov, by searching keywords “boat registration.”