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Boat License Renewal

ND Boat Registration

2014 is the first year of a new three-year registration period. Renewal notices have been mailed. Boat owners who do not receive a renewal notice by Feb. 1 should renew online or contact the Game and Fish Department at 701-328-6335 (email

Effective Jan. 1, the price to register motorboats under 16 feet in length, and all canoes, increases from $12 to $18, motorboats from 16 feet to less than 20 feet in length from $24 to $36, and motorboats at least 20 feet in length from $33 to $45.

The new boat registration cycle begins Jan. 1 and runs through Dec. 31, 2016.

Also, anyone buying a new or used watercraft can download an application and generate a 10-day temporary permit.

Regulations require the boat number to be in contrasting color to the hull in plain vertical block letters at least 3 inches in height, excluding any border, trim, outlining or shading, and must be maintained in a legible condition so the number is clearly visible in daylight hours. The number must read from left to right, and groups of numbers and letters must be separated by a space or hyphen equivalent in width to the letter “M.”

In addition, a validation sticker issued by the Game and Fish Department must be displayed on the boat within 6 inches of the number toward the rear of the boat. No other numbers should be displayed in this area.