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Governor Whitmer signed an executive order on May 22 extending the validity of watercraft registrations that expired after February 1 of this year to July 31.

“As temperatures continue to warm up, recreational boaters should not have to worry about their watercraft registration expiring at no fault of their own,” Governor Whitmer said. “This Executive Order will allow all watercraft users to safely take full advantage of this beautiful weather and Michigan’s pristine lakes and rivers, while minimizing in-person work in order to flatten the COVID-19 curve.”   

New watercraft can be operated in Michigan waters until July 31 without displaying an identifying number and decal provided that the operator of the vehicle has a proof of purchase or equivalent evidence that the vehicle was acquired after January 1 of this year.

“I appreciate Governor Gretchen Whitmer extending these expirations,” said Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson. “It will give flexibility and peace of mind to watercraft owners across the state, and reduce in-person interactions at Secretary of State branch offices.” 

Boaters are asked to complete their watercraft registration renewals during the state’s emergency and disaster declarations here.

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