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Watercraft Registration and Renewal

Registering a newly acquired watercraft is primarily a manual process. You can generate a 10-day temporary permit online and download the forms needed to complete the process. The completed forms will need to be mailed or brought into a North Dakota Game and Fish Department office.

Renewals may be completed entirely online.


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Watercraft Registration and Renewal Processes

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Buy and Apply Link
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Buy and Apply page linkscreenshot

Register a watercraft by either clicking on the link in the "Watercraft" section of the "Buy and Apply" page...

Buy and Apply Shortcut

My Account Link
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My Account page link screenshot

...or click on the "Register New Watercraft" link on the "My Account" page.

My Account Shortcut

Watercraft Registration
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Registration page  screenshot

On the Watercraft Registration page you can download the application form which includes a listing of documents required to register a watercraft. If you plan on using your boat immediately, you can also generate a 10-day temporary permit (Note: only one temporary permit per boat is allowed).

Watercraft Registration Shortcut

Temporary Registration
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Temporary Watercraft Registration form screenshot

To generate a temporary permit, fill in all the data on the form and click on Register.

Sample Permit
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The system will then generate your temporary permit. Print this permit and carry it with you when operating your watercraft until you receive your registration and decals.

Watercraft Registration Renewal
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My Account renewal link screenshot

Renew a watercraft registration from the "My Account" page.

Select Watercraft to Renew
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Step one of renewing a watercraft registration screenshot

You will be shown a listing of the boats registered to you. Select the boat(s) you wish to renew.

Renewal Confirmation
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Renewal Confirmation page screenshot

After adding the boat renewal to cart in the previous step, you will be able to delete the renewal, add another watercraft, checkout or continue shopping. The renewal costs are displayed here as well.

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Receipt page screenshot

After paying for your order you will be shown a screen with the order summary. This is your temporary 10-day permit for the renewal. Use the print/download link to print the permit.

If you still have questions about or problems with the system after reviewing this tutorial, please contact the Department at 701-328-6300 or