(a)  The vessel numbers shall be painted on or attached to each side of the forward half of the vessel for which the number was issued in a position that is visible and legible for identification.  The numbers shall read from left to right and shall be in block characters not less than three inches in height.  The numbers shall be of a solid color that contrasts with the color of the background and maintained to be visible and legible; i.e., dark numbers on a light background, or light numbers on a dark background.

(b)  No other number, except the year date of the validation decal described in Rule .0107 of this Section, shall be carried on the bow of such vessel.

(c)  Manufacturers or dealers may have the number awarded to them printed upon or attached to a removable sign or signs to be temporarily but firmly mounted upon or attached to the vessel being demonstrated, so long as the display meets the requirements of the Rules in this Section.  Where a currently or previously-numbered vessel is being demonstrated with a set of dealer's numbers, the permanent numbers painted on or attached to the bow shall be covered.

(d)  A vessel registered to a governmental entity and bearing the letter "P" shall continue to display the assigned numbers for so long as the vessel belongs to a governmental entity.  Upon transfer of ownership to a private individual(s) or business, the new owner shall apply to the Wildlife Resources Commission for a new certificate of number and shall be assigned a new certificate of number.

(e)  A United States Coast Guard documented vessel registered in North Carolina shall not display the state vessel numbers.


History Note:        Authority G.S. 75A-3; 75A-5; 75A-19;

Eff. February 1, 1976;

Amended Eff. August 1, 2014; May 1, 2007; April 1, 1997;

Pursuant to G.S. 150B-21.3A, rule is necessary without substantive public interest Eff. December 6, 2016.