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Title: Watercraft Registration
Alternate Title:
Description: Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR)
Subject: Watercraft
Creation Date: 9/11/2008 2:18:33 PM
Modification Date: 7/6/2023 5:18:56 PM
Agency Name: Natural Resources (DNR), Minnesota Department of
Agency URL:
Agency Description: The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) manages the state's natural resources, hunting, fishing, state forests, state parks, lakes, rivers, streams, boating and water safety, trails, snowmobiling, skiing, education, enforcement, wildlife management, lands and minerals.
Agency Phone: 651-296-6157
Agency Fax: Agency URL:
Agency Address: Natural Resources (DNR), Minnesota Dept. of
500 Lafayette Rd.

St. Paul
MN 55155

Division Name: License Center
Division URL:
Division Description:
Division Phone: 651-296-2316
651-296-5484 TTY | 800-657-3929 TTY
Division Fax: Division URL:
Division Address:
500 Lafayette Rd., Box 26

St. Paul
MN 55155-4026

Audience: Application URL:
Renewal URL:
Versa URL:

Registration procedures

Register your new watercraft:

  • In person at any MN Dept. of Public, DVS (Driver & Vehicle Services) office locations (where you license your car) or at the DNR License Center, 500 Lafayette Road, St. Paul, MN 55155-4026.

    If your new boat (except kayaks or canoes) is longer than 16', your dealer will apply for title and registration (license) on your behalf, and is responsible for providing you with license materials.

    When you register your boat for the first time, know its length, manufacturer, type of hull material (wood, metal, or plastic), type of propulsion, model, year, serial or hull identification number (HIN) and have a sales receipt that shows you have paid the sales tax.

    Length is the straight-line distance from the foremost part of the boat (bow) to the rearmost part of the boat (stern). Bowsprits, outboard motor brackets, rudders and other attachments are not included in the measurement.

    Boat registrations are good for 3 calendar years.

Renew your watercraft registration:

For more information view Watercraft licenses - registration procedures & fees

See also:

Minnesota Boating Guide 2023  

Minnesota Boating Guide 2023


Universal registration form

Watercraft Title and Registration Application

Affidavit of repossession

Assignment of watercraft to a surviving spouse or assignment of watercraft not subject to probate

Duplicate title application

Corrected title application

Lien: add, release, reassign 



Watercraft Title Fees 

Watercraft title fees - effective 7/1/03


Type of transaction Fee Issuing fee
Watercraft title 15.00 7.00
Corrected title
(Correcting original information on title.)
(Application form  PDF )
10.00 7.00
Title transfer 10.00 7.00
Duplicate title
(Application form PDF )
4.00 7.00
Add a lien
(Application form PDF )
10.00 7.00
Release a lien
(Application form PDF )
- 7.00
Reassign a lien
(Current lien holder reassigns secured interest to a different lien holder.)
(Application form PDF )
1.00 7.00

Boats for hire Contact the Department of Labor and Industry: Code Administration and Boiler Inspection Services 

(link is external)

Period of Issuance:

Boat registrations are good for 3 calendar years.

Length of Determination: Immediate to two weeks.
Other Info:
Activity: Watercraft
Motor Vehicle
License Detail URL:

Watercraft licenses - registration procedures and fees

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