Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Certificate of Number?

What makes the number on my vessel legal?

Do the numbers come with my vessel registration?

What if I have an inflatable boat with a motor? How do I put my numbers on?

 

What is the Certificate of Number?

The vessel's Certificate of number is the card issued by the New Mexico Motor Vehicle Division of the New Mexico Taxation and Revenue Department. It is the card required to be on the vessel whenever the vessel is being operated.  No card on board or improper display of the numbers subjects the owner or operator or both to citation into a New Mexico Magistrate court.

What makes the numbers on my vessel legal?

The numbers are legal when placed on the vessel in the following manner to meet legal requirements.

  1. The number(s) shall be painted on or permanently attached on each side of the forward half of the motorboat/sailboat.

    2.  No other number can be displayed in this location.

    3.  Number reads from left to right.

    (NM-4456-FL) not (LF-6544-MN)

    

     4.   Number has to be in plain vertical block letters.

    (no script or tilted such as NM-4456-FL)

    

    5.   Number has to be in a color contrasting that of the hull.

    (no black on grey, light on white etc.)

                                                                                                                                    

    6.   Number have to be distinctly visible and legible.

    (above the water line on PWC's, jet boats, etc)

    7.   Number must be a minimum of 3" in height.

     8.   Number have to have spaces or hyphen that are equal to the  

          width of a letter between the letter and number groupings.

(Example NM 0000 AA or NM-0000-AA.)

 

Do the numbers come with my vessel registration?

No, numbers to be applied are the responsibility of, and must be purchased by the vessel owner.

What if I have an inflatable boat with a motor? How do I put my numbers on?

There are three basic options:

  • Buy an inflatable boat lettering/numbering kit using water-based vinyl paint and stencils to paint them on directly. Once it dries, you can roll the boat without damaging the letters/numbers.

You must also buy a state validation decal sleeve for glue/mounting in the correct location on the port side of your boat after the registration number.

  • Some boats have built in pockets or have a space that uses an adhesive to mount an all weather registration plates. The plastic plates are generally 4" x 24". You then buy your separate vinyl

letters and numbers and mount them and the validation decal on the appropriate plate.

  • Buy PVC or Hypalon characters and glue to bond them to the boat fabric.  Some companies have a system for providing a bonding piece also for the state validation decal otherwise you must also buy a state validation decal sleeve for mounting in the correct location on the port side of your boat after the registration number.
 

 

 

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