These plates were issued to owners of boats, mostly pleasure craft

They were issued between 1948 and 1974

Size:  1948 to 1966  -  5" x 3"

Size:  1967 to 1974 - 6 1/4" x 3 1/2"

They were issued in PAIRS.

They were to be attached on each side of the hull, to the rear of the boat registration number (see example below)

As of the expiration (December 31, 1974) and discontinuance of boat license plates with the 1974 issue, a vinyl "year of expiration" - Hull Validation Decal was then issued , which was to be placed forward of the boat hull numbers - see example above.  This continues to this date (2010)

See HULL VALIDATION DECALS below

 

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YEAR NUMBER COLORS PHOTO
 
1948   Black on White NEED
1949   Gold on Silver NEED
1950   Black on Silver NEED
1951 461 White on Black 1951-461.jpg (21777 bytes)
1952 5703 Black on Silver 1952-5703.JPG (23525 bytes)
1953 6290 White on Black 1953-5288.JPG (54557 bytes)
1954 1344 Black on Yellow 1954-1344.JPG (17197 bytes)
1955 9322 White on Black 1955-9322.JPG (28530 bytes)
1956 625 Black on White 1956-625.jpg (30100 bytes)
1957 15586 White on Maroon 1957-5586.JPG (26002 bytes)
1958 8070 Black on Silver 1958-8070.JPG (34342 bytes)
1959   Dark Green on Yellow

"LJO"

1960 14110 White on Black 1960-14110.JPG (29393 bytes)
1961 23600 Black on Silver 1961-23600.JPG (36641 bytes)
1962 22417 White on Red 1962-22417.JPG (29092 bytes)
1963 26328 White on Black 1963-26328.JPG (28509 bytes)
1964 28066 Yellow on Olive Drab 1964-28066.JPG (29486 bytes)
1965 31725 Yellow on Black 1965-31725.JPG (16091 bytes)
1966 31678 Black on White 1966-31678.JPG (15971 bytes)
1967 31207 Blue on Cream 1967-31207.JPG (26031 bytes)
1968 46351 Yellow on Dark Blue 1968-46351.JPG (23821 bytes)
1969 50646 Yellow on Dark Green 1969-50646.JPG (23330 bytes)
1970 25458 White on Maroon 1970-25458.JPG (24310 bytes)
1971 16062 Black on Mustard 1971-16062.JPG (21632 bytes)
1972 73261 White on Maroon 1972-73261.JPG (23527 bytes)
1973 45012 White on Dark Gray 1973-45012.JPG (20592 bytes)
1974 80442 White on Black 1974-80442.JPG (24055 bytes)

Annual BOAT LICENSE PLATES were discontinued when the 1974 issues expired on December 31, 1974.

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I want to thank John Andree, MLPCA #294, ALPCA #3589, for the following information which he has researched over the years:

HULL VALIDATION DECALS

John writes:

As far as my research goes, Hull Validation decals were first issued in 1963, and valid for a three (3) year period (1963-64-65).  This continued on a three (3) basis (1966-67-68), (1969-70-71), (1972-73-74), (1975-76-77), (1978-79-80) and (1981-82-83).

In 1984 they began issuing annual decals, with either the Hull Registration Number on the decal, or a sequential serial number.  This practice continues to this date (2010).

There are two (2) different colors for the 2005 decal.  The first issues were BLACK on a WHITE background, which caused a problem with visibility because of the white background on the decal being the same color as the boat hull color, which were mostly white.  Later in 2005, the decal colors were changed to WHITE on a BLUE background..

 

 
Valid 1963-1964-1965

NEED

 BLACK on WHITE

Expires 31 December 1965

2 1/2" X 3"

Valid 1966-1967--1968

 

Expires 31 December 1968

2 1/2" X 3"

Valid 1969-1970--1971

Expires 31 December 1971

2 1/2" X 3"

 
Valid 1972-1973--1974

Expires 31 December   1974

2 1/2" X 3"

Valid 1975-1976--1977

 Expires 31 December 1977

2 1/2" X 3"

Valid 1978-1979--1980

NEED

 WHITE on ORANGE

 Expires 31 December 1980

2 1/2" X 3"

 
Valid 1981-1982--1983

 NEED

 WHITE on GREEN

Expires 31 December   1983

2 1/2" X 3"

Valid 1984

 NEED

 WHITE on RED

Expires 31 December   1984

2 1/2" X 3"

Valid 1985

 NEED

 WHITE on DARK BLUE

Expires 31 December   1985

2 1/2" X 3"

 
Valid 1986

  

 WHITE on ORANGE

Expires 31 December   1986

2 1/2" X 3"

Valid 1987

 NEED

 UNKNOWN

Expires 31 December   1987

2 1/2" X 3"

Valid 1988

 NEED

 WHITE on RED

Expires 31 December   1988

2 1/2" X 3"

 
Valid 1989

 NEED

 WHITE on BLUE

Expires 31 December   1989

2 1/2" X 3"

Valid 1990

  

 WHITE on ORANGE

Expires 31 December   1990

2 1/2" X 3"

*LL

Valid 1991

  

 WHITE on GREEN

Expires 31 December   1991

2 1/2" X 3"

*LL

 
Valid 1992

  

 WHITE on RED

Expires 31 December   1992

2 1/2" X 3"

Valid 1993

 NEED

 UNKNOWN

Expires 31 December   1993

2 1/2" X 3"

Valid 1994

  

 WHITE on BLUE

Expires 31 December   1994

2 1/2" X 3"

 
 

       FRONT            BACK

2 1/2" X 3"

 

     FRONT            BACK

2 1/2" X 3"

1997

NEED

 WHITE on RED

Expires 31 December   1997

2 1/2" X 3" 

 
1998

NEED

 WHITE on BLUE

Expires 31 December   1998

2 1/2" X 3"

1999

NEED

 WHITE on ORANGE

Expires 31 December   1999

2 1/2" X 3"

2000

NEED

 WHITE on GREEN

Expires 31 December   2000

2 1/2" X 3"

 
2001

NEED

 WHITE on RED

Expires 31 December   2001

2 1/2" X 3"

2002

NEED

 WHITE on BLUE

Expires 31 December   2002

2 1/2" X 3"

2003

NEED

 WHITE on ORANGE

Expires 31 December   2003

2 1/2" X 3"

 
2004

NEED

 WHITE on GREEN

Expires 31 December   2004

2 1/2" X 3"

2005

NEED

BLACK on WHITE or WHITE on BLUE

Expires 31 December   2005

2 1/2" X 3"

2006

NEED

 WHITE on ORANGE

Expires 31 December   2006

2 1/2" X 3"

 
2007

NEED

 WHITE on BLUE

Expires 31 December   2007

2 1/2" X 3"

2008

NEED

WHITE on RED

Expires 31 December   2008

2 1/2" X 3"

2009

NEED

 UNKNOWN

Expires 31 December   2009

2 1/2" X 3"

 

 

I have extras of EXPIRES 1968, 1971 & 1974 Hull Validation Decals

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MICHIGAN WATERWAYS "RENTAL BOAT" SAFETY INSPECTION TAGS

 

John Andree writes:

M y earliest tag off this type is dated 1953, and they are all annual issues.

They were issued in the black on silver aluminum format through 1967, and all had "MICHIGAN WATERWAYS" on them.  They were 5" x 2" in size.

In 1968 the size changed to 5" x 2 1/2"and they were now "painted aluminum".  The designation "MICHIGAN WATERWAYS" was also changed to "MICHIGAN DEPARTMENT OF CONSERVATION - WATERWAYS DIVISION".

I'm not sure about 1969, but in 1970 the wording had changed to "MICHIGAN DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES - WATERWAYS DIVISION", and in 1977, there was another change in the wording, to "MICHIGAN DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES - LAW ENFORCEMENT DIVISION".

1981 was the last year of annual inspection tags. The 1981 tag was used through 1985, with a simple date sticker added to it.  The 1986 issued tag was used through 1996, again with date stickers.  I am not sure of the date of the next issue, but I have seen several, as late as 2007, and they were blue in color.

 
1953 to 1962

NEED

 
1963

  

     

1964

NEED

    

1965

 
1966

1967

1968

 
1969

NEED

1970

1971

 
1972

1973

1974 to 2008

NEED

 

 

"LL"  -  Thanks to Larry Leslie, MLPCA #295, ALPCA # 2944

"LJO"  -  Thanks to Little Joe Olson, MLPCA #145,

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