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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.
30.501 Cross-reference Cross-reference: See also s. NR 5.12, Wis. adm. code.
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.
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.
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 operated under a license issued 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 AnnotationThe boating registration law does not violate Art. IX, s. 1. State v. Jackman, 60 Wis. 2d 700, 211 N.W.2d 480 (1973).
30.51 Annotation The state has jurisdiction to enforce this section over tribal members operating motorboats on non-reservation waters. 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) Issuance of certificates and registrations.
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 duplicate. If a certificate of number card, a registration card, a certification decal or registration decal is lost or destroyed the owner of a boat may apply for a duplicate.
30.52(1m) (1m)Procedures.
30.52(1m)(a)(a) Issuers. For the issuance of original or duplicate certification or registration documentation and for the transfer or renewal of certification or registration documentation, the department may do any of the following:
30.52(1m)(a)1. 1. Directly issue, transfer, or renew the certification or registration documentation with or without using the expedited service under par. (ag) 1.
30.52(1m)(a)3. 3. Appoint persons who are not employees of the department as agents of the department to issue, transfer, or renew the certification or registration documentation using the service under par. (ag) 1.
30.52(1m)(ag) (ag) Methods of issuance.
30.52(1m)(ag)1.1. For the issuance of original or duplicate certification or registration documentation and for the transfer or renewal of certification or registration documentation, the department may implement a procedure under which the department or an agent appointed under par. (a) 3. accepts applications for certification or registration documentation and issues to each applicant all or some of the items of the certification or registration documentation at the time the applicant submits the application accompanied by the required fees.
30.52(1m)(ag)2. 2. Under the procedure under subd. 1., the applicant shall receive any remaining items of certification or registration documentation directly from the department at a later date. The items of certification or registration documentation issued at the time of the submittal of the application shall be sufficient to allow the boat for which the application is submitted to be operated in compliance with the registration requirements under this section and ss. 30.51 and 30.523.
30.52(1m)(ar) (ar) Supplemental fees. In addition to the applicable fee under sub. (3), the department or the agent appointed under par. (a) 3. shall collect an expedited service fee of $5 each time the expedited service under par. (ag) is provided. The agent shall remit to the department $1 of each expedited service fee the agent collects.
30.52(1m)(e) (e) Receipt of fees. All fees remitted to or collected by the department under par. (ar) shall be credited to the appropriation account under s. 20.370 (9) (hu).
30.52(1m)(f) (f) Inapplicability.
30.52(1m)(f)1.1. A dealer in boats who assists a customer in applying for a certification of number or registration without using the procedure specified in par. (ag) 1., may charge the customer a reasonable fee for providing this assistance.
30.52(1m)(f)2. 2. Paragraphs (a) to (ar) do not apply to certificates of numbers issued to manufactures or dealers in boats who pay the fee under sub. (3) (im).
30.52(1r) (1r)Rules for issuers. The department may promulgate rules to establish eligibility and other criteria for the appointment of agents under sub. (1m) (a) 3. and to regulate the activities of these agents.
30.52(2) (2)Certification and registration period. Except as provided in sub. (3g), 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. Except as provided in sub. (3g), 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 $22.
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 $32.
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 $60.
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 $100.
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 $17.
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 $11.
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 decal, or registration decal is $2.50.
30.52(3g) (3g)Exemption.
30.52(3g)(a)(a) A boat that is present in this state and used exclusively as part of an advertisement being made for the manufacturer of the boat shall be issued a certificate of number for a period not to exceed 15 days. The department may not charge a fee for the issuance of a certificate of number under this paragraph.
30.52(3g)(b) (b) The department shall promulgate rules for the issuance of certificates of number under par. (a).
30.52(3m) (3m)Voluntary contributions; invasive species grants.
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 contribution of at least $2 to be used for research by the department concerning invasive species that are aquatic species and for grants under s. 23.22 (2) (c) to control invasive species that are aquatic species.
30.52(3m)(am) (am) If a person appointed under sub. (1m) (a) 3. collects a voluntary contribution under par. (a) from an applicant for the issuance or renewal of a certificate of number or registration, the person collecting the voluntary contribution may retain 50 cents of the voluntary contribution to compensate for the person's services in collecting the voluntary contribution.
30.52(3m)(b) (b) All moneys collected under par. (a), less the amount retained as authorized under par. (am), 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; decals; 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 or an agent appointed under sub. (1m) (a) 3. 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. The department or an agent appointed under sub. (1m) (a) 3. shall issue 2 certification decals per boat for each application that involves the issuance of certification decals. The certification 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 decals to the boat.
30.52(5)(a)3. 3. At the time the department or an agent appointed under sub. (1m) (a) 3. issues a certificate of number card, the department or agent shall award an identification number and shall provide the applicant with instructions concerning the painting or attachment of the awarded identification number to the boat. The identification number shall be awarded to a particular boat unless the owner of the boat is a manufacturer of or dealer in boats, motors, or trailers who has paid the fee under sub. (3) (im) and the identification number is used on that boat.
30.52(5)(a)4. 4. At the time a person receives the certification decals, the person shall be furnished with a copy of the state laws pertaining to operation of boats or informational material based on these laws.
30.52(5)(b) (b) Registration; card; decals.
30.52(5)(b)1.1. Upon receipt of a proper application for the issuance or renewal of a registration 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 or an agent appointed under sub. (1m) (a) 3. shall issue to the applicant a registration card. The registration card shall state the name and address of the owner and other information the department determines to be necessary. The registration card shall be of pocket size and of durable water resistant material.
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2011-12 Wisconsin Statutes updated though 2013 Wis. Act 200 and all Supreme Court Orders entered before April 18, 2014. Published and certified under s. 35.18. Changes effective after April 18, 2014 are designated by NOTES. (Published 4-18-14)