If you have received a letter from IDNR requesting you to renew the boat corresponding to the hull number listed – see copy attached below – this ONLY applies to boats whose registration expired in 2015 or 2016. If you already purchased a WUS for 2017 – you DO NOT NEED to respond. Also – if you have sold or otherwise no longer own the boat corresponding to the hull number listed in the letter, no action is needed.
Here is the explanation from IDNR why they sent the letter:
The mailer was paid for by the Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation and is not the first time DNR has worked with them to try and get people to register their expired boats (be in compliance with the law). There are two different places on the mailer that state that if they no longer own the boat, they should disregard the notice. The notices were not for the current year people still they were only on boats that lapsed in 2015 and 2016 (in other words, already expired). No changes have been made to the water usage stamp at this time. The legislature still has not acted on any bills to change it.
IPC continues to work with IDNR to improve the WUS system – please call your legislators and let them know that you would like to see an improvement in the system as well. Thank you
- NON-RESIDENT WUS EXEMPTION PARTICIPATING IN ORGANIZED PADDLING EVENTS
For all organizers of competitive or other organized regatta events – please see the attached letter below, but be sure that you apply for the permit.
The application form can be accessed here: https://www.dnr.illinois.gov/boating/Documents/Regatta%20Plan%20Application.pdf