Attention Idaho Boat Owners: Changes to Registration Process for Boats Will Impact 2017 Renewals


Date: January 13, 2017

Contact: Jennifer Okerlund, Communications Manager

Phone: 208-514-2254 / 208-841-9198

IDAHO (January 13, 2017) – The U.S. Coast Guard has made changes to the vessel registration process that will impact the registration and renewal process for all vessels and owners in the United States, including Idaho.

The Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation (IDPR) recently mailed registration renewals to Idaho Boat Owners.

“Individuals who receive renewal notices in the mail can renew their vessel registration as they typically do,” said Tammy Kolsky, IDPR Reservation and Registration Program Manager. “Boat owners who did not receive renewal notices will instead receive a letter in the next few weeks with additional instruction on what’s needed before their vessel can be registered for 2017 and in compliance with new U.S. Coast Guard regulations.”

What are the changes to the U.S. Coast Guard regulations?

Mandatory verification of your hull identification number (HIN)
New requirements for unique identifiers for all boat owners
What is a unique identifier?

Your driver’s license and date of birth (Idaho residents only) OR
Your tax identification number which can be your social security number OR
Employer identification number OR
An individual tax identification number
“IDPR is in the process of creating and testing an online portal to assist vessel owners with compliance of the new rules and process. Most vessel owners will be able to easily log-in to supply needed information, then be prompted to renew their registration online,” said Kolsky. “The letters that will be sent to vessel owners will include the necessary link to access the portal and instruction.”

IDPR reports that a small number of vessel owners in Idaho will not be able to update their information electronically and will require an official inspection, only available through the Idaho Transportation Department (ITD).

Vessel owners who have not received renewal notices and need their registrations immediately can call the IDPR Registration Program at 1-800-247-6332 or email (link sends e-mail) for assistance.

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