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.

NOTE: During the purchase/application process, do not use your browser's back button to navigate to previous pages. Always use the buttons provided within the webpage itself.

Watercraft Registration and Renewal Links

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To register a new watercraft go to the Buy and Apply page and select the Watercraft Registration link.

To renew a watercraft registration either go to the Buy and Apply page and select the Watercraft Renewal link or go to your My Account page and select the Renew Watercraft link. You will need your boat's registration number to complete the renewal process.


Registration Forms and Temporary Permit

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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).

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

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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.


Renewing a Watercraft via the Buy and Apply page Link

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You can renew your watercraft without accessing your account by clicking on the Watercraft Renewal link on the Buy and Apply page. You will need to enter the watercraft registration number and your last name and date of birth to access the record.


Renewing a Watercraft via My Account

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If you start your renewal by clicking on the renewal link on your My Account page, you will be shown a listing of the boats registered to you. Select the boat(s) you wish to renew.


Complete the Renewal Process

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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.


Print the Renewal Receipt

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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.