Small Watercraft

ORS 830.770
Certificate of number required on boat

  • exceptions


A person may not operate a boat on the waters of this state, and an owner of a boat may not knowingly allow another person to operate the owner’s boat on the waters of this state, unless:


The owner of the boat holds a valid, effective certificate of number issued in the owner’s name as owner:


By this state, as provided in ORS 830.060 (Consistency with federal law) to 830.140 (Boating Safety, Law Enforcement and Facility Account) and 830.700 (Definitions for ORS 830) to 830.870 (Duplicate certificate of title);


By an agency of the federal government; or


By the state of principal use which issued the certificate of number under a federally approved numbering system.


The certificate of number is carried on the boat, except as provided in subsection (2) of this section.


Persons renting a boat from an operator of a boat livery are not required to carry the certificate of number on the boat, provided:


The operator of the boat livery retains the certificate of number at the livery office for immediate inspection by a peace officer;


The boat is clearly marked and identified as a livery boat; and


The boat operator has a signed rental or lease agreement containing the boat’s identifying number and the period of time for which the boat is rented or leased. [Formerly 488.720; 2003 c.14 §502; 2019 c.155 §4]


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Mar. 11, 2023