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
- Any vessels, with or without motor.
VESSELS THAT DO NOT REQUIRE REGISTRATION
- Any boat that is propelled only by oars or paddles and less than 9 feet long.
- Boats registered in another country/state and not being used in Minnesota for more than 90 days.
- Official vessels owned by the United States.
- Boats registered in another state and not intended to be used in Minnesota for more than 90 days.
- Boats registered by the U.S. Coast Guard.
- A ship's lifeboat.
- Seasonal boats (like duck boats, rice boats, etc.) and seaplanes.
TO REGISTER IN PERSON
- You can register a boat in person by visiting your local Deputy Registrar of Motor Vehicles office or at the DNR License Bureau located at 500 Lafayette Road, St. Paul, MN.
- You must bring a completed boat registration application, and proof of ownership such as a bill of sale, invoice, bill of lading, sales tax receipt, certificate of origin, or out-of-state title.
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.