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


Lettering from Bryan V, LA

Lettering from Bryan V, LA

Wednesday, June 8, 2022


Lettering from Bryan V, LA

Lettering from Bryan V, LA

Wednesday, June 8, 2022

Thank you so much for your decals. We love them, they are nicer then we had hoped for. Wonderful purchase experience as wel.

2022 Suntracker Fishin Barge 22' XP3 Boat Lettering from Dennis R, TX

2022 Suntracker Fishin Barge 22' XP3 from Dennis R, TX

Saturday, June 4, 2022

I LOVE the decals! I wanted something French Quarters appropriate & we nailed it! Our boat was neglected for years before we bought her & we are working hard to bring her back to her full glory. These decals definitely help with that! They were so patient working with me! I am planning to order some more decals very soon! Thank you!

1985 Carver 3607 Boat Lettering from Michele W, PA

1985 Carver 3607 from Michele W, PA

Thursday, June 2, 2022

Arrived quickly, VERY easy application, looks great!

2022 Bennington 22' Pontoon Lettering from Michelle L, MN

2022 Bennington 22' Pontoon Lettering from Michelle L, MN

Monday, June 6, 2022

Super fast production and delivery in peak spring season! Exceeded expectations. Robust color selection allowed me to closely match the manufacturer’s decal with my registration numbers.

1993 Maverick Master Angler Boat Lettering from Logan B, SC

1993 Maverick Master Angler from Logan B, SC

Tuesday, May 31, 2022

Love the stickers

Tahoe T16 Boat Lettering from Don M, FL

Tahoe T16 from Don M, FL

Tuesday, May 31, 2022

Super easy to order and install… great price, too!

2005 Maxum Boat Lettering from Keith W, MN

2005 Maxum from Keith W, MN

Monday, May 30, 2022

A+ - I created these Graphics On-line for my Boat and I found the process to be Quick, Easy and Exactly what I was looking for. - Couldn't be Happier.

2007 370SS Formula Stern of my Boat Lettering from Brian C, NJ

2007 370SS Formula Stern of my from Brian C, NJ

Monday, June 6, 2022

Graphics shipped fast an look awesome!!!

2022 Tracker Targa V19 Combo Boat Lettering from Bryan O, MI

2022 Tracker Targa V19 Combo from Bryan O, MI

Sunday, May 29, 2022

Very easy to put on, nice and straight. I recommend getting the rapid tac. Makes it so much easier. Glad I ordered it. Would have ordered matching crestliner graphics, didn't notice you had them until after I ordered.

2022 crestliner discovery 1650 sc Boat Lettering from Gordon E, WI

2022 crestliner discovery 1650 sc from Gordon E, WI

Monday, May 30, 2022

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