Section 33-5-11Certificates of registration and numbers generally - Application for and issuance of certificate and number; contents of certificate; number to be displayed on vessel; size and availability of certificate for inspection.
The owner of each vessel requiring numbering by this state shall file an application for a number with the probate judges' offices, or license commissioner, in the county of residence of the purchaser, or the county in which the vessel is domiciled, or in the county where the vessel is purchased, or if purchased out of state, in the county of residence of the purchaser, or in the county where the vessel is domiciled on forms approved by the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. The application shall be filed by the owner of the vessel and shall be accompanied by a fee in accordance with Section 33-5-17. Upon receipt of the application and its approval by the authorized issuing officer, the officer shall enter the same upon the records and issue to the applicant a certificate of registration stating the number awarded to the vessel, the name and address of the owner, and a description of the vessel. The owner shall paint on or attach to each side of the bow of the vessel the annual identification number issued in such manner as may be prescribed by rules and regulations of the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, that it may be clearly visible and be of such size as required by the Federal Boating Act of 1958 or any subsequent amendment thereto. The number shall be maintained in legible condition. The certificate of registration shall be pocket size and shall be available at all times for inspection on the vessel for which issued whenever the vessel is in operation.
(Acts 1959, No. 576, p. 1442, §8; Acts 1994, No. 94-622, p. 1162, §9.)