Watercraft Registration and Renewal
Owners of any watercraft propelled by motors must register their vessels with the North Dakota Game and Fish Department. The vessel owner will receive a Watercraft Registration certificate that must be available on the vessel when in operation.
Current boat owners can renew their registration online. Registration of new boats, or transfer of boat ownership, is available online. Anyone buying a new boat from a dealer, or from a private individual, must complete the registration online.
2020-2022 Registration Fees and Renewal Dates
Registration period is from January 1, 2020 through December 31, 2022. Fees are prorated.
- Motorboats under 16 feet in length and all canoes regardless of length, powered by a motor – $18.
- Motorboats 16 feet in length and over but shorter than 20 feet in length, excluding canoes – $36.
- Motorboats 20 feet in length or over, excluding canoes – $45.
For more information about boat registration and boating safety see the Boating Safety Guide.