Self-Inspection Programs (Mandatory or Voluntary)


Self-inspection programs, whether voluntary or mandatory, offer a limited level of protection because compliance and effectiveness are not guaranteed.  However, self-inspection programs are very effective boater education tools, provide some level of protection for waters where implemented, and are cost-effective.  If a higher level of protection is not available because of insufficient funding, physical site limitations, lack of intervention authority or the sheer volume of waters needing coverage, the type of program currently implemented by the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources on approximately 100 of their secondary risk waters should be considered as a minimal interception tool or “off-hours” adjunct to a more comprehensive program.



  1. Provide a self-inspection form and clear directions on how to complete the inspection and the form at the point of entry, kiosk or dedicated check-in area.
  2. Require (where a law/rule is in place) or request (when rules are not established) that the form be completed, signed, and posted in clear view on the dash of watercraft/equipment transport vehicle prior to launching.




Before launching, boaters must confirm that the following conditions have been met by signing and displaying a completed self-inspection form.

  1. Watercraft, equipment, trailer have not been in any water known or suspected of having quagga/zebra mussels in the past 30 days (consider adding a checklist of those waterbodies of most concern in your area so boaters can indicated if they have been in any of those specific waters).
  2. Watercraft, equipment, trailer are cleaned, and to the extent practical, drained and dried.
  3. Watercraft, equipment, trailer have been visually inspected by the operator at the site prior to launching.

selfcert form