Boat Registration and Licenses in North Dakota

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Boat Registration and Licenses in North Dakota

Any boater who wants to register and title a boat in North Dakota will need to apply directly with the North Dakota Game and Fish Department.

On this page, you'll find a detailed list of instructions for registering a boat in North Dakota, renewing boat insurance, and obtaining a duplicate copy of your boat registration document.

Boats You Must Register in ND

If you have a motor-propelled boat, you are required to register it in North Dakota. The only exemption is if you're visiting the state with your out-of-state boat and only staying for a short time.

What Not to Register

  • Canoes.
  • Kayaks.
  • Non-motorized rowboats.

Register Your North Dakota Boat

You can register your boat in person or online in North Dakota.

To register in person, you'll need to visit your local ND DMV office and:

  1. Complete an Application for Watercraft Certificate of Number (Form SFN 6102).
  2. Pay all applicable fees. See "North Dakota Boat Registration Fees" below.

North Dakota Boat Registration Fees

Fees to register your boat will vary depending on its size.

Check the Application for Watercraft Certificate of Number (Form SFN 6102) for fees.

Renewals and Replacements (For Boat Registration)

Before your boat registration expires, the North Dakota Game and Fish Department will mail you a renewal notice. If you did not receive a boat registration renewal notice, call (701) 328-6300.

You may submit your renewal in a couple different ways:

  • Online.
  • In person.

Renew Online

You can renew your boat registration online by using your VISA, MasterCard, or Discover card.

Renew in Person

To renew your boat registration in person, you can visit any North Dakota Game and Fish Department office.

Replace Lost Registration

If you've damaged or misplaced your ND boat registration certificate, you must visit your local Game and Fish Department office to apply for a duplicate. You'll be charged the same price as a new registration (see "North Dakota Boat Registration Fees" above).

Boater Safety Courses

If you're 12 to 15 years old, you may not operate a powerboat propelled by more than a 10 horsepower engine without adult supervision, unless you have completed a state-approved boat safety class. See "Boater Safety Courses" below for more information.

If you're younger than 12 years old you may not operate a powerboat of 10 horsepower and over without the supervision of someone who is at least 18 years old.

North Dakota offers home-study courses that are free of charge. However, you can also take an online state-approved course—check with the Game and Fish Department for approved providers.


To order your free ND boater home-study course, you'll need to send your request by e-mail to, or by mail to:

North Dakota Game and Fish Department
100 N. Bismarck Expressway
Bismarck, ND 58501

You can also submit your request by calling (701) 328-6312.

Boat Insurance in North Dakota

North Dakota is not one of the few states that requires you to carry adequate insurance coverage on your boat. While it's not a requirement, the benefit of purchasing an insurance policy for your boat far outweigh the risks of not having boat insurance at all.

For specific details, please visit our page dedicated to boater insurance.

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