License Minnesota

Boat Dealer License

Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR)

Agency contact information:

Natural Resources (DNR), Minnesota Department of
500 Lafayette Rd.
St. Paul, MN 55155
(651) 296-6157 | (888) 646-6367 | (651) 296-5484 (TTY) | (800) 657-3929 (TTY)
DNR License Center
500 Lafayette Road, St. Paul, MN 55155-4026
Registration & Titling Section
(651) 296-2316 | (800) 285-2000 | (651) 296-5484 (TTY Metro area) | (800) 657-3929 (TTY)
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Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
Watercraft licenses - registration procedures and fees

Boating and water recreation regulations

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The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) manages the state's natural resources. Hunting, fishing, state forests and parks, lakes, rivers and streams, boating and water safety, trails, snowmobiling, skiing, education, enforcement, wildlife management, lands and minerals are managed by the DNR.


Minn. Stats. 86B.415




Contact the the DNR License Center.


Boat and motor dealers, wholesalers and manufacturers may apply for a dealer’s license for watercraft used for demonstration purposes or for any other purpose necessary to conduct business.

A dealer will be issued only one number. This number must be displayed on both sides of boats used for these purposes, however, and may be detachable.

Minnesota Boating Guide 2015  

Minnesota Boating Guide 2015

Personal watercraft (PWC) dealers are required to distribute a summary of the laws governing PWC operation. Upon request by a purchaser, they must also provide instruction regarding the laws and safe operation of the craft.

PWC dealers are required to keep a signature record of people who buy or rent PWCs, acknowledging they have been provided a copy of the PWC laws and rules.

Personal watercraft laws for Minnesota

Boating and water recreation regulations


New - $67.50 3 year fee + $5 Invasive Species Surcharge + $1.50 ELS Fee per Transaction +$7 Filing fee =$81 total

Period of Issuance:

Three years.

Length of Determination Process:

One to three weeks.

Other Pertinent Information:

Boat dealers may request additional sets of decals at no fee.