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ILLINOIS  Boating Laws and Safety Guides

Illinois BOAT LAWS

Department of Natural Resources Boating in Illinois  

Illinois Boating Laws are administered by the The Illinois Department of Natural Resources.  Additional rules and regulations may apply in various counties. Know the law.

Basic Illinois Boating Laws
 
Boating License Requirements

  - No one under 10 may operate a motorboat
 - 10-under 12 - ok with parent or someone over 18 appointed by parent
 - 12 - under 18 - ok with parent or someone over 16 appointed by parent OR valid boating certification from this or other state

Jet Ski Rules

 

Boat Registration - Renew your Watercraft registration online
All watercraft operated on the waters within the jurisdiction of this State shall be registered and titled.

STATE LAW REQUIRES THAT THE PURCHASER OF A WATERCRAFT SHALL, WITHIN 15 DAYS AFTER PURCHASE, MAKE APPLICATION TO THE DEPARTMENT FOR REGISTRATION/TITLING.

Watercraft exempted from registration and titling: Watercraft shall not be required to be registered and titled under this Act if it is:

A watercraft which has a valid marine document issued by the United States Coast Guard, EXCEPT THAT any such documented vessel used upon the waters of this State for more than 60 days in any calendar year shall be registered in compliance with this Act.

Already covered by a number in full force and effect from another state, if such boat will not be within this State for a period in excess of 60 consecutive days.

A sailboard.

A watercraft from a country other than the United States temporarily using the waters of the State. more...

It is illegal for the owner or person in control of a motorboat to allow someone who does not meet the age or boating education requirements to operate the vessel.   

Out of State Boats

 

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