The identification number awarded to any
vessel under the Tennessee numbering system shall be displayed thereon by
(a) Painted on, or attached to, each
side of the bow (i.e., the forward half) of the vessel; read from left to
right; and in such position to provide clear legibility for
(b) In block
characters of good proportion not less than three (3) inches in height and of a
color which will contrast with the color of the background (i.e., dark numbers
on a light background, or light numbers on a dark background) and so maintained
as to be clearly visible and legible. Vessels operated by manufacturers or
dealers for demonstration purposes may have the number issued printed upon or
attached to a removable sign or signs to be temporarily but firmly mounted upon
or attached to the vessel being demonstrated or tested so long as the display
meets the above requirements.
On vessels so configured that a number on the hull or superstructure would not
be easily visible, the number must be painted on or attached to a backing plate
that is attached to the forward half of the vessel so that the number is
visible from each side of the vessel.
(d) A validation decal must be affixed to the
vessel on each side of the forward half of the vessel immediately preceding or
following the TN identification number.
(e) Vessels with a valid document issued by
the United States Coast Guard shall not be required to display a certificate of
number but shall display a current vessel validation decal issued by the
Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency. The decal shall be located on each side of
the vessel on the windows located nearest the main operator station, or if not
equipped with windows, the decal shall be placed in the immediate vicinity of
the operator so that the decal is clearly visible to enforcement officers.
Sailboats, in lieu of that location, may place the decal on the bottom of the
main mast, on both the port and starboard sides.
Tenn. Comp. R. &
certified May 8, 1974. Amendment filed May 7, 1985; effective June 6, 1985.
Amendment filed April 3, 2008; effective June 17, 2008. Amendments filed March
31, 2017; effective 6/29/2017.
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