Parks & Wild. Code Section 31.022
Exemptions from Required Numbering
(a)A vessel is not required to be numbered under the provisions of this chapter if it is:
(1)operated within this state for a period not exceeding 90 consecutive days and is covered by a number in full force and effect which has been awarded under federal law or a federally approved numbering system of another state;
(2)from a country other than the United States temporarily using the water of this state;
(3)owned by the United States, a state, or a subdivision of a state; or
(4)a ship’s lifeboat.
(b)The department may exempt from numbering a class of vessels if it finds that the numbering of the vessels of that class will not materially aid in their identification. The department may also exempt a vessel if it finds that it belongs to a class of vessels that would be exempt from numbering under a numbering system of an agency of the federal government if it were subject to federal law.
(c)All canoes, kayaks, punts, rowboats, rubber rafts, or other vessels under 14 feet in length when paddled, poled, oared, or windblown are exempt from the numbering provisions of this chapter.
(d)A vessel in use at a water ski tournament, competition, or exhibition sanctioned in writing by the governing board of the governmental entity that has jurisdiction over the body of water on which the tournament, competition, or exhibition occurs is exempt from the numbering provisions of this chapter.
Section 31.022 — Exemptions from Required Numbering,
https://statutes.capitol.texas.gov/Docs/PW/htm/PW.31.htm#31.022 (accessed Dec. 2, 2023).