California Boat Registration Lettering

California is unique in that it can be considerably different weather in different parts of the state. Regardless, there are some great boating destinations. The only catch, if you purchase a boat in California make sure it meets the state registration number guidelines. We have that information below along with an easy to use designer that walks you through purchasing.

General information about numbers

We'll guide you through the process of creating California boat numbers when you click design now. Each state has specific verbiage as to their requirements. See the California specific section below. The general requirements for boat registrations numbers are as follows:

  • A minimum of 3" letter height
  • A block style font such as (impact or arial black)
  • Generally located on the forward hull portion of the boat next to the DNR tag
  • A contrasting color to base color of your boat.
  • Letters separated by a space or a dash (-)

California Specific Registration Laws

Please review your state specific requirements before purchasing identification decals as they do vary from state to state. Our designer is setup to comply with the general requirements above. If you require a specific requirement not in our designer, just leave a comment at checkout and we'll adust your design (no big deal!). Located on the official California state DMV site is the exact state requirements. We've linked to them Here.

Placement Information

California specifies that boat numbers be placed on the forward portion of the boat (the bow) on both sides.

Number Kits are Standard

Our california number kits are solid as a pair with 2.

You get two registration numbers automatically

How does my lettering arrive?

Your vinyl lettering is cut, weeded, and coated in a transfer tape ready to install. Installation instructions are located here. We have many optional installation accessories located in our accessories section.

California Boat Registration Numbers

What our customers say

High quality decal. Easy to apply.

2021 Yamaha AR195 Boat Lettering from Donna S, FL

2021 Yamaha AR195 from Donna S, FL

Friday, September 18, 2020

Excellent Job! Very easy to apply! Al Wolak

2004 Legacy 28' Boat Lettering from Donna W, WI

2004 Legacy 28' from Donna W, WI

Tuesday, September 15, 2020

Decals were perfect. We had no trouble with them sticking to the upper backing paper. They stuck to the boat, and we have no bubbles.

Home-made antique-style racing boat. Boat Lettering from David E, FL

Home-made antique-style racing boat. from David E, FL

Saturday, September 19, 2020

Letters were true to font and style selected. They were level on the backing paper making it really easy to apply straight. Really happy with the look and quality.

2021 Sylvan pontoon Boat Lettering from Lecia S, TN

2021 Sylvan pontoon from Lecia S, TN

Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Great quality decal. Easy application

2006 lund  boat Lettering from Jacob B, WA

2006 lund boat Lettering from Jacob B, WA

Sunday, September 6, 2020

Thank you for the great decals.

2020 SWS Kat 2250  Boat Lettering from David B, TX

2020 SWS Kat 2250 from David B, TX

Sunday, September 6, 2020

Easy application! Great product!

Hobie 14 Catamaran Lettering from Lucas H, NY

Hobie 14 Catamaran Lettering from Lucas H, NY

Sunday, September 6, 2020

Great price and fast delivery. Product arrived exactly as I designed it on the web site.

2019 Sea Pro 228 Boat Lettering from Michael B, NC

2019 Sea Pro 228 from Michael B, NC

Monday, September 7, 2020

Nice job decal came quickly simple to apply A++++

Custom built tow boat heavy aluminum 18 feet Boat  Lettering from Paul P, WA

Custom built tow boat heavy aluminum 18 feet Boat Lettering from Paul P, WA

Saturday, September 5, 2020

Heavy Duty 3M Vinyl lettering for my boat registration . Went on easy.

Avalon LSZ2285CR Pontoon Boat Lettering from Steve H, GA

Avalon LSZ2285CR Pontoon from Steve H, GA

Wednesday, September 2, 2020

Orders came on time and looked great. Tons of options and perfect for getting decals for my vintage jet skis.

Vintage Yamaha Jetskis Jetski Lettering from John B, AL

Vintage Yamaha Jetskis Jetski Lettering from John B, AL

Sunday, August 30, 2020

In this video we provide a short walk through of the features of our online design tool. You can jump right in and play with it or watch this video if you want to see how everything works.

Lakes in California

You'll need California boat numbers if you are boating in these major lakes (and any other state owned body of water)

Big Bear Lake - Clear Lake - Don Pedro Reservoir - Donner Lake - Eagle Lake - Goose Lake - Lake Almanor - Lake Berryessa - Lake Merritt - Lake Oroville - Lake Pillsbury - Lake Shasta - Lake Tahoe - Lower Klamath Lake - Mono Lake - New Melones Lake - Salton Sea - Tenaya Lake - Trinity Lake - Tule Lake - Whiskeytown Lake