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2010 Florida Statutes

F.S. 328.56

Vessel registration number.

Each vessel that is operated, used, or stored on the waters of this state must display a commercial or recreational Florida registration number, unless it is:


A vessel operated, used, and stored exclusively on private lakes and ponds;


A vessel owned by the United States Government;


A vessel used exclusively as a ship’s lifeboat;


A non-motor-powered vessel less than 16 feet in length or a non-motor-powered canoe, kayak, racing shell, or rowing scull, regardless of length;


A federally documented vessel;


A vessel already covered by a registration number in full force and effect which has been awarded to it pursuant to a federally approved numbering system of another state or by the United States Coast Guard in a state without a federally approved numbering system, if the vessel has not been within this state for a period in excess of 90 consecutive days;


A vessel operating under a valid temporary certificate of number;


A vessel from a country other than the United States temporarily using the waters of this state; or


An undocumented vessel used exclusively for racing.


s. 1, ch. 59-399; ss. 2, 3, ch. 61-511; s. 1, ch. 65-361; s. 52, ch. 95-333; s. 56, ch. 96-413; s. 15, ch. 99-289; s. 27, ch. 2000-362; s. 3, ch. 2008-106; s. 24, ch. 2009-86.


Former s. 371.131; s. 327.15.