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North Dakota begins new phase of watercraft registration

The registration process is simple and only takes a few minutes.

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Watercraft must be legally registered even if the operators are using them in other states.
Contributed / North Dakota Game and Fish Department
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BISMARCK — Over 70,000 watercraft were registered in North Dakota last year. After Jan. 1, if you’re going to be actively using your boat it must have a current registration displayed.

North Dakota watercraft owners should note that 2023 is the first year of a new three-year registration period. Mike Anderson explains in this week’s segment of North Dakota Outdoors.

"The North Dakota registration period is three years so the boats that are going to be registered now are going to expire at the end of 2025," says Randy Meissner, North Dakota Game and Fish Department licensing manager. "Any watercraft propelled by a motor must be registered if it's going to be used in North Dakota."

Most people at this time of year aren’t thinking about boats, jet skis, or other watercraft.

"Occasionally we'll have the snowbirds, they like to go south for the winter, and a lot of times we will have people that bring their boats with them," Meissner says. "They still have to be legally registered even if they're using it in other states."

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The registration process is simple and only takes a few minutes.

Nonmotorized watercraft such as canoes, kayaks and other paddle crafts are not required to register or purchase an aquatic nuisance species sticker.

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