What you need to know
At inspection stations:
- An inspection technician will assist you and provide you with an inspection receipt. They may apply a seal to your boat or trailer indicating that the boat has received an official inspection.
- At some stations, on-site professional hot water decontamination may be available upon request, depending on staffing and the amount of boat traffic the station is experiencing.
- It is illegal to remove a seal from a boat prior to the boat meeting the required dry time (unless necessary for maintenance). We ask that boaters leave the seals on their boats and present their inspection and/or decontamination receipt to DWR staff at your next destination.
If the inspection station is not open:
- It is your legal responsibility to clean and drain your boat before leaving the waterbody, and to transport your boat with all drain plugs removed, including the sea strainer.
- Draining of ballast tanks can best be accomplished by activating the ballast pumps twice: once on an incline, and later on flat ground. Likewise, engine draining should be performed on both an incline and flat ground.
- Self-certify that you have followed the steps to clean, drain and dry your watercraft (including the required dry time for the season). Or, complete a professional decontamination.