Renew Your Watercraft Registration Online

The Michigan Secretary of State has been developing its online platforms to increase accessibility of their services. Now, there are more ways to get your Secretary of State business done at home or at a self-service station.

To get a jump on boating season, watercraft users can renew their registrations before the March 31st deadline. Boat owners should be receiving notices of renewal in the mail this spring, and they have two options for performing the transaction: online express for quick renewals and an online authenticated renewal process which allows them to access their customer record and conduct other transactions along with the renewal.

All watercraft must be registered with the State of Michigan unless it is a nonmotorized canoe, kayak, or small (less than 16ft) paddle boat that isn’t used for rental or commercial purposes.

For a link to online services offered by the Secretary of State and to find a self-service station near you, visit

Reporting for WGRT – Jessie Wiegand