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How to Register a Boat or Water Craft in Minnesota

Most new boats must be registered through the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) before they can be sailed. Registrations are valid for 3 years.

VESSELS THAT REQUIRE REGISTRATION

  1. Any vessels, with or without motor.

VESSELS THAT DO NOT REQUIRE REGISTRATION

  1. Any boat that is propelled only by oars or paddles and less than 9 feet long.
  2. Boats registered in another country/state and not being used in Minnesota for more than 90 days.
  3. Official vessels owned by the United States.
  4. Boats registered in another state and not intended to be used in Minnesota for more than 90 days.
  5. Boats registered by the U.S. Coast Guard.
  6. A ship's lifeboat.
  7. Seasonal boats (like duck boats, rice boats, etc.) and seaplanes.

TO REGISTER IN PERSON

FEES

Boat registration fees range from $4.50 to $90, depending on the size of the vessel. See here for a more detailed breakdown of the registration fees. In addition, vessels registered in Minnesota are subject to an issuance charge and a $5 charge to protect the natural resources from invasive species.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

  • Both the vessel registration number and hull identification numbers must be clearly displayed on the vessel, according to Minnesota requirements.
  • The vessel's registration papers must be carried on the vessel while sailing.
  • For additional information, see the Minnesota Boating Guide.
 

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