Boating Laws – Display of Your Boat Number

Display of Your Boat Number

• The boat number must be painted on, or otherwise attached to each side of the
forward half of the vessel, in such position as to provide easy identification.

• The number shall read from left to right, be in block characters of good
proportion not less than three inches in height and be of a color that contrasts with the background.

• The numerals must be separated from the prefix and the suffix by hyphens or equivalent spaces such as the following examples: TX 0123 AB or TX-0123-AB.

• The validation decal must be affixed in a line with and three (3) inches towards the rear of the boat from the registration number.

• The number printed on the decal must match the number listed on the certificate of number card issued for the vessel described on the card.

USCG Documented Vessels:

• Display ONLY the Validation Decal (not the Registration Number) on both sides of the bow of the vessel and maintain current USCG Documentation

This is an excerpt from Texas Parks & Wildlife, “A Digest of the Texas WATER SAFETY ACT

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Proper number display is just one of many aspects of boat law and boater safety covered in our Vessel Safety Checks.  Get your boat checked!

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