Whitmer extends expired watercraft registration

Posted at 5:39 PM, May 22, 2020

LANSING, Mich. — Governor Gretchen Whitmer pushed back expiration dates for watercraft registration to July 31st, 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.”

Executive Order 2020-101 effects registrations that expired after February 1st. Registration will not need to be displayedon new boats in Michigan waters until July 31st, 2020 as long as the operator has proof the craft was bought after January 1st, 2020. Tickets cannot be issued for decals that expired after September 30th, 2019 and late fees will not be assessed if registration is renewed by July 31st, 2020.

Registration renewals can be done online at the Michigan Secretary of State website.