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USCG Vessel in Illinois

Submittal of an application does not mean a guaranteed approval of an application. We review each transaction on a case by case basis.

A watercraft which has a valid marine document issued by the United States Coast Guard, National Vessel Documentation Center, is required to be registered (not titled) in Illinois if used upon the waters of this State for more than 60 days in any calendar year.

Contact Information (if your watercraft has been issued a certificate of documentation):

United States Coast Guard
National Vessel Documentation Center

792 T J Jackson Drive
Falling Waters, WV 25419
Phone (304) 271-2400 or (800) 799-8362
FAX: (304) 271-2405


Used Watercraft – USCG Documented Vessels changing to IL title - Class, 2, 3, & 4 - purchased from an Illinois dealer or retailer

  • Completed Watercraft Application – check NEW box
  • Copy of USCG Deletion Letter
  • Check or Money order payable to IDNR (see fee chart)
  • Dealer - ST-556 tax form; retailer – RUT-25 tax form
  • Copy of bill of sale or purchase agreement
  • Check or money order payable to Dept of Revenue for tax amount due


Used Watercraft – USCG Documented Vessels changing to IL title - Class, 2, 3, & 4 - acquired from an individual

  • Completed Watercraft Application– check NEW box
  • Copy of USCG Deletion Letter
  • Check or money order payable to IDNR (see fee chart)
  • RUT-75 tax form
  • 2 copies of Bill of Sale or Purchase Agreement 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 Vessels changing to IL title - Class, 2, 3, & 4 - purchased from an out-of-state dealer or retailer

  • Completed Watercraft Application– check NEW box
  • Copy of USCG Deletion Letter
  • Check or Money order payable to IDNR (see fee chart)
  • RUT-25 tax form
  • 2 copies of bill of sale or purchase agreement 2 copies of bill of sale or purchase agreement
  • Check or Money Order payable to Dept of Revenue for tax amount due