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Illinois Watercraft Registration Available by Phone or Online
Renew Watercraft Registration by Phone or Online: Watercraft owners in Illinois are reminded that IDNR is no longer mailing watercraft registration renewal notices. Watercraft owners can renew their watercraft registrations by using a touch-tone telephone (1-866-867-3542) or online, with a link on the IDNR website at

This convenient service operates 24 hours a day (a convenience fee will be added to the regular registration fee to offset the cost of the transaction). When renewing, watercraft owners should have handy their Illinois registration number and hull identification number (located on the registration card) and pen and paper to record their confirmation number. Forms of payment include VISA, MasterCard, Discover, American Express and E-Check. Upon completion of the transaction, watercraft owners will receive a confirmation number that will authorize the immediate use of their watercraft on Illinois waters.

Water Usage Stamps Available June 30: Non-motorized watercraft, canoes, kayaks and paddle boats in Illinois are no longer required to be titled/registered in Illinois, unless the vessels have a motor or sail. They are now required to purchase a 'Water Usage Stamp' for $6.00 per calendar year for the each of the first three vessels, and $3.00 each for any additional vessels. All of the new Water Usage Stamps must be purchased at the same time to receive the discount. Water Usage Stamps are mandatory for all non-powered watercraft. The stamps should be available over the counter from DNR Direct license and permit point of sale vendors by July 1. Use this link to find vendor locations for purchase of the water usage stamp:

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