Governor Whitmer signs executive order extending validity of existing watercraft registration
After submitting a joint request letter with the Michigan Sheriff's Association, the Michigan Boating Industries Association (MBIA) was pleased to see Governor Whitmer sign Executive Order 2020-101 late on Friday, extending the validity of watercraft registrations that expired after February 1, 2020 to July 31, 2020.
“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, 2020 without displaying an identifying number and decal, provided the operator of the vessel possesses a proof of purchase or equivalent evidence that the vessel was acquired after January 1, 2020. Additionally, law enforcement cannot issue tickets as a result of watercraft decals that expired after September 30, 2019. The state cannot assess late fees for expired decals as long as boaters renew their registration by July 31.
Boaters are asked to complete their watercraft registration renewals during the state’s emergency and disaster declarations at www.michigan.gov/sos.
The order takes effect immediately. Information around this outbreak is changing rapidly. The latest information is available at www.Michigan.gov/Coronavirus and www.CDC.gov/Coronavirus.
To view executive order 2020-101, click the link below:
· EO 2020-101 Emerg order - watercraft regisration.pdf