Illinois Boating Information
Registration Questions:(217) 782-6302
Boating Registration Website:
State Tax Department Website:
Registration Grace Period (Days):30 days
Boat Sales & Use Tax Rate:6.25%
Credit For Tax Paid In Another State:Yes
State Decal Required For Documented Vessel:Yes
Boat Titles Issued:Yes
Notes:Local sales and use tax also apply.
Boating Law Administrator(217) 785-8409
Maximum Speed Limit:65 MPH under 8,000 lbs., 55 MPH over 8,000 lbs.
Maximum Dimensions For Trailer:42'L x 8'6''W x 13' 6"H
Maximum Overall Length with Vehicle & Trailer:60'
Minimum Weight Requiring Separate Trailer Brakes:3000 lbs.
Trailer Equipment Requirements:
Safety Chains:Yes
Brake Lights:Yes
Clearance Lights:Yes (Over 80' Long)
License Light:Yes
Turn Signals:Yes
Breakaway Breaks:Yes
Two Trailers:Yes but there are some restrictions
Wide Trailer Permit:(217) 782-6271
For specific questions about boating issues or BoatUS Government Affairs, please e-mail the department at