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Gov. Whitmer extends validity of existing watercraft registration

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Gov. Gretchen Whitmer extended the validity of watercraft registrations that expired after February 1, 2020 to July 31, 2020. (WWMT/File)

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer extended the validity of watercraft registrations that expired after February 1, 2020 to July 31, 2020.

New watercraft can be operated in Michigan waters until July 31, 2020, without displaying an identifying number and decal, provided the operator has a proof of purchase or evidence that the vessel was acquired after January 1, 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,” 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.”

Additionally, law enforcement cannot issue tickets as a result of watercraft decals that expired after Sept. 30, 2019.

The state cannot assess late fees for expired decals as long as boaters renew their registration by July 31.