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Illinois Registration Requirements For US Coast Guard-Documented Vessels 

USCG-Documented Vessel Fee Schedule  (No title issued - 3 year registration.  Registrations expire June 30.)

 Class
New and
Transfer Renewal
 Class 2 - 16 ft. to less than 26 ft. $50.00
 Class 3 - 26 ft. to less than 40 ft. $150.00
 Class 4 - 40 ft. and over $200.00


Additional documents required when applicable:
  • Death Certificate
  • Small Estate Affidavit or Letter of Office 
  • Statement of Trust

NEW Watercraft – USCG Documented Vessels - Class, 2, 3, & 4 - purchased from an Illinois dealer or retailer

  • Completed watercraft application form – check USCG documented box
  • Copy of USCG Certificate of Documentation
  • Check or money order payable to IDNR (see fee chart)
  • Dealer - ST-556  tax form; retailer - RUT 25 tax form and bill of sale
  • Copy of Bill of sale or purchase agreement
  • Check or money order payable to Dept of Revenue for tax amount due

NEW Watercraft – USCG Documented Vessel - Class, 2, 3, & 4 - purchased from an out-of-state dealer or retailer
  • Completed watercraft application form – check USCG documented box
  • Copy of USCG Certificate of Documentation
  • Check or money order payable to IDNR (see fee chart)
  • RUT-25  tax form
  • 2 copies of Bill of sale or purchase agreement
  • Check or money order payable to Dept of Revenue for tax amount due

USED Watercraft – USCG Documented Vessel - Class, 2, 3, & 4 - acquired from an individual
  • Completed watercraft application form – check USCG documented box 
  • Copy of USCG Certificate of Documentation
  • Check or money order payable to IDNR (see fee chart)
  • RUT-75  tax form
  • 2 copies of Bill of Sale or Purchase Agreement
  • Check or money order payable to Dept of Revenue for tax amount due