Virginia Boat Number Registration Decal Display Laws ⚓

Registering your boat or watercraft in the state of Virginia? You will need to abide by the Virginia boat number registration decal display laws outlined by the Virginia Department of Wildlife Resources which you can find using this link.

We outline the basic display law requirements here on this page but more in depth information regarding Virginia watercraft regulations can be found on the Boating section of the Virginia Dept. of Wildlife resources website here.

Virginia Boat registration number display requirements

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.
  • Boat number must be in at least three inch high BLOCK letters.
  • Color of numbers must contrast with the background as to appear legible.
  • The letters must be separated from the numbers by spaces or hyphens. example: VA 4493 AF or VA-4493-AF.
  • The boat expiration decal must be within six inches behind and in line with the number (behind meaning toward the stern).

To register your boat/watercraft for the state of Virginia or to read more about Virginia Boat Number Registration Decal Display Laws, you can visit the Boat Registration & Titling page on the Virginia Department of Wildlife Resources website through this link.

Virginia Boat Number Registration Decal Display Laws

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

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