Most new boats must be registered through the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (DNR) before they can be sailed. A vessel must be registered within 15 days of purchase.
VESSELS THAT REQUIRE REGISTRATION
- Vessels sailing in Illinois waters
VESSELS THAT DO NOT REQUIRE REGISTRATION
- Boats registered with the US Coast Guard using Illinois waters for less than 60 days
- Surfboards or sailboards
- Boats registered in another state and not being used in Illinois for more than 60 days
- Boats registered in another country temporarily plying in Illinois waters
- A ship's lifeboat
- Boats owned by the United States, a solitary state, a county, or a municipality, with clearly visible identification.
- Racing boats brought into the State for racing
- Any oared or paddle boat under 16 feet in illinois water.
- Any canoe or kayak that is not motorized & not a sail boat under 16 feet
TO REGISTER BY U.S. MAIL
- Complete a Watercraft Registration/Title Application | Form IL 422-0321
- On new boats locate the Manufacturer's Certification of Origin.
- On used boats find the previous owner's registration and title.
- Determine the sales tax by calling (800) 732-8866 or (217) 782-3336 (make the check payable to Illinois Department of Revenue).
- Include proof of sales tax payment (if you have already paid it).
- Make the check payable to Department of Natural Resources.