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How to Register a Boat or Water Craft in North Dakota

Most new boats must be registered through the North Dakota Game and Fish Department before they can be sailed.

VESSELS THAT REQUIRE REGISTRATION

  1. Any motorboat (including those using motor as a secondary propelling source).

VESSELS THAT DO NOT REQUIRE REGISTRATION

  1. Any boat that is propelled only by oars or paddles.
  2. Boats registered in another state and not being used in North Dakota for more than 90 days.
  3. Boats registered in another country temporarily plying in North Dakota waters.
  4. Vessels documented by the U S Government.
  5. Boats owned by the United States, a solitary state, a county, or a municipality.
  6. A ship's lifeboat.

TO REGISTER BY U.S. MAIL

The boat registration application (available at any boat dealers, county auditors, and at the Game and Fish offices) and proof of ownership, such as a bill of sale, invoice, bill of lading, certificate of origin, or out-of-state title along with appropriate fees can be mailed to:

North Dakota Game and Fish Department

100 North Bismarck Expressway

Bismarck, ND 58501-5095.

The North Dakota Game and Fish Department gives boat owners the privilege to use a 10-day Temporary Watercraft Permit, which can be created online and is free of charge. This can be used till the permanent registration comes.

FEES

Boat registration fees range from $12 to $33, depending on the size of the vessel. See here for a more detailed breakdown of the registration fees.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

 

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