SoS: Boat and watercraft renewals available online


While the snow is blowing, you may think of spring and summer and a day on the water with your boat or personal watercraft. It may be time to renew the registration with the Secretary of State. The SOS office reminds you that you do not have to venture into the cold and snow to complete this registration.

Customers can quickly and easily renew their watercraft registration online at home or at one of 160 self-serve stations conveniently located throughout the state.

“We continue to make doing business with the Secretary of State as convenient as possible,” said Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson. “Watercraft renewals are just one of the many services you can now perform from the comfort of your own home or while shopping at your local grocery store. »

Customers renew their watercraft registration online by visiting, clicking the link for online services, and choosing from two watercraft renewal options:


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An express online option for fast renewals.
An online authenticated renewal process, which allows customers to access their customer file and perform other transactions at the same time as renewing their watercraft. They can also print a copy of their renewed registration.

Personal watercraft registrations are renewed on a three-year cycle and expire March 31 of the third year. Residents who need to renew their boat will receive a courtesy reminder by mail in February.

All watercraft, including those operating on private lakes and waterways, must be registered, with the exception of the following:

Watercraft measuring 16 feet or less in length, propelled by oars or paddles that are not used for rental or commercial purposes.
Non-motorized canoes and kayaks not used for rental or commercial purposes.
Rafts, surfboards, sailboards and swim floats of any length.
Boat registered in another state and used only temporarily in Michigan.

Residents can learn more about services offered online at


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