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30.501(2)(b) (b) For all other vessels to which this section applies:
30.501(2)(b)1. 1. The total weight of persons, gear and other articles placed aboard which the vessel is capable of carrying with safety under normal conditions.
30.501(2)(b)2. 2. The recommended number of persons commensurate with the weight capacity of the vessel and the presumed weight in pounds of each such person. In no instance shall such presumed weight per person be less than 150 pounds.
30.501(2)(b)3. 3. Clear notice that the information appearing on the capacity plate is applicable under normal conditions.
30.501(3) (3) The information relating to maximum capacity required to appear on capacity plates by sub. (2) shall be determined in accordance with such methods and formulas as are prescribed by rule promulgated by the department. In prescribing such methods and formulas, the department shall be guided by and give due regard to the necessity for uniformity in methods and formulas lawful for use in determining small vessel capacity in the several states and to any methods and formulas which may be recognized or recommended by the U.S. coast guard.
30.501(4) (4) Any vessel to which this section applies not having a capacity plate, meeting the requirements of law, affixed thereto by the manufacturer thereof may have such affixed by any other person in accordance with such rules as the department promulgates, and may thereafter be offered for sale in this state, but no action taken pursuant to this subsection, or as described herein, shall relieve any manufacturer from liability for failure to comply with this section.
30.501(5) (5) The information appearing on a capacity plate shall be deemed to warrant that the manufacturer, or the person affixing the capacity plate as permitted by sub. (4), has correctly and faithfully employed a method and formula for the calculation of maximum weight capacity prescribed by the department and that the information appearing on the capacity plate with respect to maximum weight capacity and recommended number of persons is the result of applying such method and formula, and with respect to information concerning horsepower limitations that such information is not a deliberate or negligent misrepresentation.
30.501(6) (6) If any vessel required by this section to have a capacity plate affixed thereto is of such design or construction as to make it impracticable or undesirable to affix such plate, the manufacturer, or other person having the responsibility for affixing the plate, may represent such impracticability or undesirability to the department in writing. Upon determination by the department that such representation has merit and that a proper and effective substitute for the capacity plate which will serve the same purpose is feasible, the department may authorize such alternative compliance and such alternative compliance shall thereafter be deemed compliance with the capacity plate requirements of this section.
30.501(7) (7) The department may by rule exempt from the requirements of this section vessels which it finds to be of such unconventional design or construction that the information required on capacity plates would not assist in promoting safety or is not reasonably obtainable.
30.501(8) (8) The department may promulgate rules to carry out the purposes of this section, but rules on vessel capacity requirements shall conform with appropriate federal regulations.
30.501(9) (9) This section applies to vessels manufactured after January 1, 1966 and prior to November 1, 1972. All vessels manufactured after November 1, 1972, shall comply with appropriate federal regulations and the capacity information shall be displayed as required.
30.501 History History: 1979 c. 275; 1985 a. 332 ss. 44, 251 (1); 1987 a. 403; 1997 a. 198.
30.505 30.505 Certificate of number system to conform to federal system. The certificate of number system and the issuance of identification numbers employed by the department shall be in conformity with the overall system of identification numbering for boats established by the U.S. government. The department shall promulgate rules as are necessary to bring the state certificate of number system and the issuance of identification numbers into conformity with this federal system.
30.505 History History: 1983 a. 27 s. 858; 1997 a. 198.
30.51 30.51 Certificate of number and registration; requirements; exemptions.
30.51(1)(1)Requirements.
30.51(1)(a)(a) Certificate of number. No person may operate, and no owner may give permission for the operation of, any boat on the waters of this state unless the boat is covered by a certificate of number issued under this chapter or is exempt from the certificate of number requirements of this chapter. A boat is not covered by a certificate of number unless the owner is issued a valid certificate of number card, the certificate sticker or decal is properly attached to and displayed on the boat and the identification number is properly displayed on the boat.
30.51(1)(b) (b) Registration. No person may operate, and no owner may give permission for the operation of, any boat on the waters of this state unless the boat is covered by a registration issued under this chapter or is exempt from the registration requirements of this chapter. A boat is not covered by a registration unless the owner is issued a valid registration card and the registration sticker or decal is properly displayed on the boat.
30.51(2) (2)Exemptions.
30.51(2)(a)(a) Exemptions from both certificate of number and registration requirements. A boat is exempt from both the certificate of number and the registration requirements of this chapter if it is:
30.51(2)(a)1. 1. A nonmotorized boat which is not a sailboat.
30.51(2)(a)2. 2. A nonmotorized boat which is a sailboat but which either is 12 feet in length or less or is a sailboard.
30.51(2)(a)3. 3. Covered by a valid certificate of number issued under federal law or a federally approved numbering system of another state, with the identification number properly displayed on each side of the forward half, but this exemption does not apply if the boat has been within this state for a period in excess of 60 consecutive days or if this state is the state of principal use of the boat.
30.51(2)(a)3m. 3m. Covered by a valid certificate of number issued under a federally approved numbering system under a registration program established by a federally recognized American Indian tribe or band, if all of the following apply:
30.51(2)(a)3m.a. a. The registration program of the tribe or band is covered by an agreement under s. 23.35.
30.51(2)(a)3m.b. b. The boat displays the identification number required by the tribe or band on each side of the forward half.
30.51(2)(a)3m.c. c. The boat has not been, for more than 60 consecutive days, in that portion of this state that is outside the boundaries of the reservation where it is registered.
30.51(2)(a)3m.d. d. The area of this state that is outside of the reservation where it is registered is not the area in which the boat is used or will be used most during the year.
30.51(2)(a)4. 4. Operated within a period of 60 days after application for a certificate of number has been made and the required fee has been paid, if proof of application is carried on board.
30.51(2)(a)5. 5. From a country other than the United States temporarily using the waters of this state.
30.51(2)(a)6. 6. A military or public boat of the United States, except recreational-type public vessels.
30.51(2)(a)7. 7. A boat whose owner is a state or subdivision of a state, which is used principally for governmental purposes, and which is clearly identifiable.
30.51(2)(a)8. 8. A ship's lifeboat.
30.51(2)(a)9. 9. Present in this state, for a period of not to exceed 10 days, for the express purpose of competing in a race conducted under a permit from a municipality or an authorized agency of the U.S. government.
30.51(2)(b) (b) Exemption from certificate of number requirements. A boat is exempt from the certificate of number requirements of this chapter if it is a federally documented vessel.
30.51(2)(c) (c) Exemption from registration requirements. A boat is exempt from the registration requirements of this chapter if it is:
30.51(2)(c)1. 1. Covered by a certificate of number issued under this chapter.
30.51(2)(c)2. 2. A federally documented vessel which is a commercial fishing boat licensed under s. 29.519.
30.51(2)(c)3. 3. A federally documented vessel with a home port located outside this state. This exemption does not apply if the boat has been within this state for a period in excess of 60 consecutive days or if this state is the state of principal use of the boat.
30.51(2)(c)4. 4. Operated within 60 days after an application for registration is made and the required fee is paid if proof of the application for registration is carried on board the boat.
30.51 Annotation The boating registration law does not violate Art. IX, s. 1. State v. Jackman, 60 Wis. 2d 700, 211 N.W.2d 480.
30.51 Annotation The state has jurisdiction over tribal members operating motorboats on non-reservation waters to enforce this section; enforcement does not conflict with members' treaty rights or federal law and is not discriminatory. State v. Big John, 146 Wis. 2d 741, 432 N.W.2d 576 (1988).
30.52 30.52 Certificate of number and registration; application; certification and registration period; fees; issuance.
30.52(1)(1)Application.
30.52(1)(a)(a) Application for certificate of number.
30.52(1)(a)1.1. Any person who owns a boat required to be covered by a certificate of number shall apply to the department for a certificate of number.
30.52(1)(a)3. 3. If a boat otherwise subject to the certificate of number requirements of this chapter is covered by a valid certificate of number issued under federal law or the federally approved numbering system of another state and is used in this state in excess of 60 consecutive days or if this state becomes the state of principal use, the owner of the boat shall immediately apply to the department for a certificate of number.
30.52(1)(b) (b) Application for registration.
30.52(1)(b)1.1. Any person who owns a boat required to be registered under this chapter shall apply to the department for registration.
30.52(1)(b)1m. 1m. Any person who owns a nonmotorized boat that is exempt from the certificate of number and the registration requirement under s. 30.51 (2) (a) 1. or 2. may apply to the department for registration.
30.52(1)(b)1r. 1r. A person applying for registration of a federally documented vessel shall submit as part of the application a photocopy of the front and back of the federal certificate of documentation for the vessel, which must be current at the time of applying for registration.
30.52(1)(b)2. 2. If a federally documented vessel with a home port located outside this state is used in this state in excess of 60 consecutive days or if this state becomes the state of principal use, the owner of the boat shall immediately apply to the department for registration.
30.52(1)(c) (c) Application for duplicates. If a certificate of number card, a registration card, a certification sticker or decal or a registration sticker or decal is lost or destroyed the owner may apply for a duplicate. The owner shall submit an application which shall be accompanied by the required fee for each duplicate certificate of number card, registration card, certification sticker or decal or registration sticker or decal applied for.
30.52(1m) (1m)Renewals.
30.52(1m)(a)(a) Agents. For the renewal of certificates of number or certificates of registration, the department may do any of the following:
30.52(1m)(a)1. 1. Directly renew the certificates.
30.52(1m)(a)2. 2. Appoint, as an agent of the department, the clerk of one or more counties to renew the certificates.
30.52(1m)(a)3. 3. Appoint persons who are not employees of the department to renew the certificates as agents of the department.
30.52(1m)(b) (b) Agent activities.
30.52(1m)(b)1.1. The clerk of any county appointed under par. (a) 2. may accept the appointment.
30.52(1m)(b)2. 2. The department may promulgate rules regulating the activities of persons appointed under par (a) 2. and 3.
30.52(1m)(c) (c) Expedited service. The department may establish an expedited service to be provided by the department and agents appointed under par. (a) 2. or 3. for the renewal of certificates of number or certificates of registration.
30.52(1m)(d) (d) Fees. In addition to the applicable renewal fee under sub. (3), the department may authorize that a supplemental renewal fee of $3 be collected for the renewal of certificates of number or certificates of registration that are renewed in any of the following manners:
30.52(1m)(d)1. 1. By agents appointed under par. (a) 2. or 3.
30.52(1m)(d)2. 2. By the department using the expedited service.
30.52(1m)(e) (e) Remittal of fees. An agent appointed under par. (a) 2. or 3. shall remit to the department $2 of each $3 fee collected under par. (d). Any fees remitted to or collected by the department under par. (d) shall be credited to the appropriation account under s. 20.370 (9) (hu).
30.52(2) (2)Certification and registration period. The certification and registration period runs for 3 years, commencing on April 1 of the year in which the certificate of number or registration is issued and, unless sooner terminated or discontinued in accordance with this chapter, expiring on March 31 of the 3rd year after issuance. A certificate of number or registration is valid only for the period for which it is issued.
30.52(3) (3)Fees.
30.52(3)(a)(a) Payment of fee required. A person who applies for the issuance or renewal of a certificate of number or registration shall pay the department the fee required under this subsection for the whole or any part of a certification and registration period.
30.52(3)(b) (b) Fee for boats under 16 feet. The fee for the issuance or renewal of a certificate of number for a boat less than 16 feet in length is $16.50.
30.52(3)(c) (c) Fee for boats 16 feet or more but less than 26 feet. The fee for the issuance or renewal of a certificate of number for a boat 16 feet or more but less than 26 feet in length is $24.
30.52(3)(d) (d) Fee for boats 26 feet or more but less than 40 feet. The fee for the issuance or renewal of a certificate of number for a boat 26 feet or more but less than 40 feet in length is $45.
30.52(3)(e) (e) Fee for boats 40 feet or longer. The fee for the issuance or renewal of a certificate of number for a boat 40 feet or more in length is $75.
30.52(3)(f) (f) Fee for nonmotorized sailboats. Notwithstanding pars. (b) to (e), the fee for the issuance or renewal of a certificate of number for a sailboat which is not a motorboat is $15.
30.52(3)(fm) (fm) Fee for voluntarily registered boats. Notwithstanding pars. (b) to (f), the fee for issuance or renewal of registration for a boat registered pursuant to sub. (1) (b) 1m. is $9.75.
30.52(3)(g) (g) Fee for documented vessels. The fee for the issuance or renewal of registration for a federally documented vessel is the same as the fee for the issuance or renewal for a certificate of number under pars. (b) to (e).
30.52(3)(h) (h) Fee for issuance upon transfer of ownership. Notwithstanding pars. (b) to (g), the fee for the issuance of a certificate of number or registration to the new owner upon transfer of ownership of a boat certified or registered under this chapter by the previous owner is $3.75 if the certificate of number or registration is issued for the remainder of the certification and registration period for which the previous certificate of number or registration was issued.
30.52(3)(i) (i) Fleet fees. A person owning or holding 3 or more boats may, at the person's option, pay a fleet rate for these boats instead of the fees which otherwise would be payable under pars. (b) to (g). Notwithstanding pars. (b) to (g), the fee for the issuance or renewal of certificates of number or registrations for boats under the fleet rate is $27 plus 50% of the fees which would otherwise be applicable for the boats under pars. (b) to (g).
30.52(3)(im) (im) Dealer or manufacturer fees. A manufacturer or dealer in boats may, at the manufacturer's or dealer's option, pay a fee of $75 for the issuance or renewal of a certificate of number.
30.52(3)(j) (j) Fee for issuance of duplicates. The fee for the issuance of each duplicate certificate of number card, registration card, certification sticker or decal or registration sticker or decal is $2.50.
30.52(3m) (3m)Voluntary contributions; lake research.
30.52(3m)(a)(a) Any applicant for the issuance or renewal of a certificate of number or registration under sub. (3) (b) to (im) may, in addition to paying the fee charged for the certificate, elect to make a voluntary $1 contribution to be used for lake research.
30.52(3m)(b) (b) All moneys collected under par. (a) shall be deposited into the account under s. 20.370 (3) (is).
30.52(4) (4)Sales and use taxes. The department shall collect from the applicant any sales and use taxes due under s. 77.61 (1) on any boat for which a certificate of number or registration is applied for and the report in respect to those taxes. The department shall use collection and accounting methods approved by the department of revenue.
30.52(5) (5)Issuance.
30.52(5)(a)(a) Certificate of number; card; sticker or decal; number.
30.52(5)(a)1.1. Upon receipt of a proper application for the issuance or renewal of a certificate of number accompanied by the required fee, a sales tax report, the payment of any sales and use tax due under s. 77.61 (1) and any other information the department determines to be necessary, the department shall issue to the applicant a certificate of number card. The certificate of number card shall state the identification number awarded, the name and address of the owner and other information the department determines to be necessary. The certificate of number card shall be of pocket size and of durable water resistant material.
30.52(5)(a)2. 2. At the time the department issues a certificate of number card, it shall issue 2 certification stickers or decals per boat. The certification stickers or decals shall bear the year of expiration of the current certification and registration period. The department shall provide the applicant with instructions concerning the attachment of the certification stickers or decals to the boat.
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