Does a documented vessel have to be registered in Michigan?

Yes, it does. According to the Michigan Department of State, “the U.S. Coast Guard Certification of Documentation (CG-1270) serves as proof of ownership. However, documented watercraft must obtain a Michigan watercraft registration at the regular fee.” That said, “the registration (MC) number does not have to be displayed on the vessel.”

When submitting a WR-11L registration application, attach copies of your documentation papers. A copy of the owner’s application for documentation, showing it is in process, is allowed, on account of the documentation process potentially taking up to six months in the state.

To register your vessel with initial vessel documentation, click here.

To renew vessel documentation, click here.