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How to Place your FL Registration Numbers - Vessel FL #'s


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If you are unsure how to place your vessel decal or FL registration numbers follow these instructions below


All vessels registered and titled in Florida must display three types of identification:

  • Florida registration number
  • Hull identification number
  • Registration Decal

FL Registration Numbers

The Florida registration number issued to a vessel is permanent and remains with the vessel as long as it is operated or stored in Florida, even though ownership may change. The Florida registration number is used for identification purposes and must be painted or permanently attached to both sides of the bow (forward half) in block letters and numbers at least three inches high. The number must read from left to right, contrast in color with the vessel and be maintained in readable condition (see image below).


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FL Decals

A decal identifying the year that the vessel registration is valid will be issued with each registration certificate. The decal must be displayed on the port (left) side of the vessel, immediately before or after the registration number (see image below). Decals from expired registrations must be removed from the vessel.




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For more information - Visit Florida Highway Safety & Motor Vehicles page - 

Vessels / Numbering and Decal:    https://www.flhsmv.gov/motor-vehicles-tags-titles/vessels/numbering-and-decals/