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What are AIS?
What types of watercraft are required or not required to purchase and display a Nevada AIS decal?
What is the cost of the AIS Decal?
What will the funds generated from the decal be used for?
Will I be required to purchase an AIS decal at Lake Tahoe, Topaz, Lake Mead, Lake Mohave or the lower Colorado?
Yes, if you utilize waters of the State of Nevada, you are currently required to purchase and display the decal. The requirement includes both out-of-state and in-state watercraft.
Effective May 24, 2013, Arizona registered vessels are exempt from the purchase of Nevada’s AIS Decal for the interstate waters of Lake Mead, Lake Mohave and the lower Colorado River.
Effective May 24, 2013, California registered vessels are exempt from the purchase of Nevada’s AIS decal for the interstate waters of Lake Tahoe and Topaz Lake.
These exemptions apply only to registered vessels and on the specific waterbody listed above. The exemptions do not apply to non-registered vessels such as canoes, kayaks, and other paddle craft vessels that are capable of retaining water.
Will I be required to purchase Nevada’s AIS decal if I already have a Tahoe AIS Sticker?
Yes, if you utilize waters of the State of Nevada, you are required to purchase and display a Nevada AIS decal. California registered watercraft are not required to purchase the NV AIS Decal when utilizing the interstate waters of Lake Tahoe or Topaz Lake. Paddle craft such as canoes, kayaks and other non-motorized watercraft are required to display the NV AIS Decal.
The Tahoe AIS Program, operated under the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency and the Nevada AIS Program operate under different authorities.
For additional information on the Lake Tahoe’s boat inspections and program, visit www.TahoeBoatInspections.com
If I boat at Lake Tahoe, Topaz Lake, Lake Mead, Lake Mohave or the lower Colorado River system, how will I know if I cross the state border?
If you cross over an interstate water into Nevada, even for a short period, you are required to purchase and display a Nevada AIS decal. Exceptions to the decal requirement for Arizona and California registered watercraft are provided above.
Most large watercraft have GPS units available, however, if one is not available, it is suggested that either you purchase the Nevada AIS decal or have a general idea, utilizing maps, where the border exists.