of number issued by the Wildlife Resources Agency shall be pocketsize, water
resistant and available for examination on the vessel for which issued whenever
the vessel is in use, and shall contain the following information:
(a) Name and address of owner, including zip
(b) Number issued to the
(d) Make and model of
(e) Hull material: Authorized
terms are "aluminum," "fiberglass," "plastic," "rubber/vinyl/canvas," "steel,"
"wood," or "other."
length of vessel (in feet and inches);
(g) Propulsion type: Authorized terms are
"air thrust," "manual," "propeller," "sail," "water jet," or "other."
(h) Type of fuel: Authorized terms are
"electric," "diesel," "gas," or "other."
(i) Primary operation: Authorized terms are
"charter fishing," "commercial fishing," "commercial passenger carrying,"
"dealer or manufacturer demonstration," "other commercial operation,"
"pleasure," or "rent or lease."
Engine drive type: Authorized terms are "inboard," "outboard," "pod drive,"
"sterndrive," or "other."
Vessel type: Authorized terms are "air boat," "auxiliary sail," "cabin
motorboat," "houseboat," "inflatable boat," "open motorboat," "paddlecraft,"
"personal watercraft," "pontoon boat," "rowboat," "sail only," or
(l) State of principal
(m) Manufacturer's hull
identification number (if any);
Model year of vessel.
(2) Certificates of Number issued to rental
motorboats need not include the type of fuel or method propulsion if the motor
is not rented as part of the boat, but shall be plainly marked with the word
(3) The Certificate of
Number for vessels less than 26' in length and leased or rented to another for
the latter's non-commercial use of less than twenty-four (24) hours may be
retained on shore by the vessel's owner or his representative at the place from
which the vessel departs or returns to the possession of the owner or his
representative; provided, however, the operator shall have with him a copy of
the lease or rental agreement signed by the owner or his authorized
representative and by the person leasing or renting the vessel that contains
the vessel's number than appears on the Certificate of Number and the period of
time for which the vessel is leased or rented.
(4) Certificates of Number issued for a
dealers' or manufacturers' vessel shall, in lieu of the description of the
vessel, be plainly marked with the words 'MANUFACTURER' or "DEALER' as
Number issued are valid for a period of three (3) years from date of issuance
unless sooner cancelled. Certain causes for cancellation of certificates and
voiding of numbers are:
(a) Surrender of
certificate for cancellation;
Issuance of a new number for the same vessel;
(c) Issuance of a marine document by the U.
S. Bureau of Customs for the same vessel;
(d) False or fraudulent certification in an
application for number.
(6) When an owner of a vessel numbered by
Tennessee changes his address from that shown on the Certificate of Number, he
shall notify in writing the Executive Director, Wildlife Resources Agency,
Nashville, Tennessee, of his new address within fifteen (15) days from such
(7) When a vessel numbered
by Tennessee is lost, stolen and/or recovered, destroyed, abandoned or
transferred to another person, the Certificate of Number issued for the vessel
shall be surrendered together with written notification of the change in status
of the vessel to the Executive Director, within fifteen (15) days from such
(8) The owner of a vessel
must remove the number when the vessel is documented by the United States Coast
Guard, the Certificate of Number becomes invalid, or the vessel is no longer
principally used in Tennessee.
The certificate of number is invalid if the person whose name appears on the
certificate loses his interest by legal process.