Boat owners are reminded that 2014 is the first year of a new three-year registration period, and with it comes an increase in license fees passed during the 2013 legislative session.
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. As part of the legislation, hunting and fishing license fees will increase April 1.
The new boat registration cycle begins Jan. 1 and runs through Dec. 31, 2016.
Boat registrations will be mailed by the end of December. In addition, boat registrations can be renewed online after Dec. 15 at the North Dakota Game and Fish Department’s website, gf.nd.gov, by clicking the online services link, and “watercraft registration and renewals” under the watercraft heading.
Also, anyone buying a new or used watercraft can register online and generate a 10-day temporary permit that is valid until the registration is processed.
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.
Boat owners who do not receive a renewal notice by Feb. 1 should contact the Game and Fish Department at (701) 328-6335, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Many renewals are likely to be returned because some owners who moved within the last three years did not notify the department with their new address.