AIS Decal Information
The Nevada aquatic invasive species (AIS) decal requirement became effective January 1, 2013 through approval from the Nevada State Legislature in 2011. The AIS decal requirement was established to prevent the spread of harmful aquatic species threatening Nevada’s waterways. The decal supports AIS monitoring and analysis, provides AIS prevention through outreach and education, and provides seasonal watercraft inspections and decontamination stations. The AIS decal also supports enforcement of AIS prevention laws.
Many aquatic invasive species, including quagga and zebra mussels, have been transferred from one body of water to another through contaminated watercraft. Remember to always clean, drain and dry.
The decal requirement includes in and out-of-state motorized watercraft as well as most paddle-craft, such as canoes and kayaks. Watercraft that are capable of retaining water are required to display the decal. Paddle-craft, such as stand-up paddle boards and float tubes are exempt from the decal requirement.
Purchase of the decal is based on a calendar year. The cost of the decal falls into two categories:
Decal Category Fee
Motorized Watercraft $12
Non-motorized Watercraft $5
How to Purchase a Decal
- On-line at www.ndowlicensing.com
- NDOW Office Locations
- Reno: 1100 Valley Road
- Elko: 60 Youth Center Road
- Winnemucca: 705 E. 4th St.
- Las Vegas: 4747 Vegas Drive
- Fallon: 380 West B St.
- Ely: 1218 North Alpha St.
As of May 24, 2013, the AIS Decal requirement changed for non-resident registered watercraft users on Lake Tahoe, Topaz Lake, Lake Mead, Lake Mohave and the lower Colorado River. Through the passage of Assembly Bill 128 the following changes have occurred:
- Arizona registered watercraft are exempt from the purchase of Nevada’s AIS Decal for the interstate waters of Lake Mead, Lake Mohave and the lower Colorado River. All other waters of the State of Nevada require an AIS Decal for Arizona registered watercraft.
- California registered watercraft are exempt from the purchase of Nevada’s AIS decal for the interstate waters of Lake Tahoe and Topaz Lake. All other waters of the State of Nevada require an AIS Decal for California registered watercraft.
- These exemptions apply only to registered watercraft and do not apply to non-registered vessels such as canoes, kayaks, and other paddle craft vessels that are capable of retaining water. All watercraft capable of retaining water are required to display an AIS Decal including motorized and non-motorized watercraft.
Proper placement of the AIS decal and examples of exempted and non-exempted watercraft required to display a decal can be found under Decal Vessel Requirements and Placement.
AIS Decal Placement
Click on the images below to find out which watercraft requires a decal.