How do I know if my boat is considered a "Resident Vessel"?

Resident Water Vessel means:

  • Any vessel (see note) that has a DMV registration identifying it as being physically located in Lake County
  • A vessel whose owner can demonstrate that it is moored or stored at a commercial facility located in Lake County
  • Any other means deemed acceptable by the Director of Water Resources as to proof of residency in Lake County providing that the vessel is on the Lake County Assessor's current tax roll for boats

As part of the screening process, you will need to show your Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) registration. See our Resident Vessels page for more information.

Note: A Water Vessel is any trailered watercraft, or jet ski, or float plane capable of being launched into a water body within the County of Lake. The term vessel does not apply to:

  • Canoes
  • Kayaks
  • Car-top boats
  • Float tubes
  • Rafts
  • Wind surfers/boards
  • Boogey boards
  • Nonmotorized paddle boats
  • Nonmotorized sail boats that are eight feet or less in length

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1. What types of water vessels require screening?
2. If I launch my boat in a body of water outside of Lake County, must it be re-screened upon return to Lake County?
3. What is the penalty for launching a boat without Mussel Stickers?
4. What do I do if I see someone ready to launch without a Mussel Sticker?
5. How much does it cost to get Mussel Stickers?
6. How long are Mussel Stickers valid?
7. My patio boat has been in the waters of Clear Lake for years, do I need to pull it out of the lake and have it inspected?
8. How do I know if my boat is considered a "Resident Vessel"?
9. How/where do I get Mussel Stickers for my vessel?
10. Can I obtain my Mussel Stickers through the mail?
11. Are any of the screening locations open 24 hours per day?
12. How long will the screening take?
13. What parts of the boat and trailer will be checked during screening?
14. Will I be required to remove panels and floor boards from my boat during the screening?
15. If it is determined my boat must be decontaminated, where do I go?
16. What does decontamination of my boat consist of?
17. How serious is the threat of invasive mussels such as zebra or quagga mussels?
18. Why did the Board of Supervisors enact an inspection ordinance?
19. Have any lakes in California been infested with these mussels?
20. What can I do to help?