Massachusetts Boat Registration Number Decal Information ⚓

Massachusetts Boat Registration Number Decal Display Laws

Registering your boat or watercraft in the state of Massachusetts? You will need to abide by the Massachusetts boat registration number decal display laws found on the boat registration pages of Mass.gov

We outline the basic display law requirements here on this page but more in depth information regarding Massachusetts’s watercraft regulations can be found in the boat registration FAQs page of Mass.gov

The vessel must display the boat number and expiration decal as stated below.

  • Both port and starboard sides of the bow must display the registration number.
  • Registration number must read from left to right on both port and starboard sides of the bow.
  • Number must be in at least three inch high BLOCK letters.
  • Color of numbers must sharply contrast with the background.
  • The letters must be separated from the numbers by a hyphen or by a space measuring two inches wide. example: MS-1124-DF or MS 1124 DF.
  • The port side of the boat must show the expiration decal in line with and three inches to the stern of the registration number.

To register your boat/watercraft for the state of Massachusetts or to read more about Massachusetts Boat Registration Number Decal Display Laws, you can visit the ‘First time boat registration’ page on the Mass.gov website using this Link.

Massachusetts Boat Registration

Decal Install Information and Instructions

Easily install your boat numbers in one strip. Your boat numbers will have a nice painted on look once installed. Our Boat Number Decals are sold as a set Right & Left Side. All US States require 3″ inch tall numbers and letters spaced by 2 or 3 inches between the letters and numbers. See the example photo above. If you have more questions give us a call.

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Want to see how to install your boat decals? You can watch this install Video Here.  Install Video

Download the installation instructions Here

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