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Procedure/Required Documents

You can register or renew your watercraft in person at the Carlton County Motor Vehicle Office.

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

When transferring ownership of a titled watercraft, transfer must be executed on Minnesota or foreign-state title. No sales tax is required for sales between individuals.

Boat registrations are good for 3 calendar years (for example 1/1/2005 through 12/31/2007).

Fees

Type of watercraft Registration fee Aquatic species surcharge   Issuing fee*  
Canoes, kayaks, sailboats, sailboards, rowing shells (not rowboats) and paddleboats up to and including 19 feet
(over 19 feet same as pleasure craft)

$7.00

$5.00

+ issuing fee

Personal watercraft
(Jet Skis, etc.)

$25.00

$5.00

+ issuing fee

Pleasure craft less than 17 feet

$12.00

$5.00

+ issuing fee

Pleasure craft 17 feet up to and including 19 feet

$18.00

$5.00

+ issuing fee

Pleasure craft over 19 feet but less than 26 feet

$30.00

$5.00

+ issuing fee

Pleasure craft 26 feet but less than 40 feet

$45.00

$5.00

+ issuing fee

Pleasure craft 40 feet in length and over

$60.00

$5.00

+ issuing fee

Duplicate registration card

$3.00

$0.00

+ issuing fee

Duplicate decal only

$0.00

$0.00

+ issuing fee


*For new registration and all transactions involving transfer of ownership, the issuing fee is $8.50. For renewals and duplicates, the issuing fee is $6.00.

Required ID

When registering or renewing a watercraft, you may be required to present one of the following forms of ID:

  • Current drivers license (MN or other state)

  • Clipped MN license with yellow receipt

  • Current MN ID card

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