Annual Program Seeks To Make Sure Boats Are Registered

The Oregon State Marine Board will be partnering with county sheriff’s offices and the Oregon State Police, looking for expired motorboat boat registrations as part of a targeted annual “Operation Ship Shape” exercise on August 7 and 8.   If you own a motorboat in Oregon, check your “OR” numbers on the front of your boat and make sure you’ve applied your current registration decals.  The OR numbers are a boat’s license plate and registration decals are the tags that tell marine officers if your boat is legally registered and to whom it belongs, similar to motor vehicles.  Registrations are valid for two calendar years.  If you’ve just purchased the boat or are in the process of registering it, be sure to carry the temporary registration and present it to marine officers, just like vehicle registration.  Boaters can renew their motorboat registration online at or by visiting their local registration agent.

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