The Florida registration number issued to a vessel is permanent and remains with the vessel as long as it is operated or stored in this state, even though its ownership may change.
The registration number issued to a vessel is to be painted or permanently attached to both sides of the bow. It must be in block letters and numerals at least three inches high. The registration number must read from left to right and must contrast in color with the hull having the prefix and suffix separated from the numerals by a space equal to the width of the digits. It must also be maintained in a legible condition.
A decal signifying the year during which the registration certificate is valid will be issued with each registration. The decal must be displayed on the port side of the vessel. It may be placed immediately before or after the registration number. A decal issued to a federally documented vessel may be affixed to a window or windshield on the port side. Any decal for a previous year's registration must be removed from the vessel.
The registration certificate must be on board the vessel when in operation. The purchaser of a new or used vessel has 30 days to apply for registration and title. During this 30 day grace period, the owner is required to have aboard the vessel proof of date of purchase. Operation of an unregistered vessel after 30 days is a second degree misdemeanor.