Published April 12, 2023

2023-25 Watercraft Registrations 

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North Dakota watercraft owners should note that 2023 is the first year of a new three-year registration period. 

Watercraft registrations must be renewed online by visiting My Account at the North Dakota Game and Fish Department’s website, gf.nd.gov. A credit card is required. 

The price to register motorboats in North Dakota under 16 feet in length, and all canoes, is $18; motorboats from 16 feet to less than 20 feet in length is $36; and motorboats at least 20 feet in length is $45. Fees are prorated. 

The 2023-25 watercraft registration cycle runs through Dec. 31, 2025.New watercraft owners can attach the required documentation, such as the bill of sale or proof of taxes paid, with the online purchase, or send in the required documentation via standard mail. A 10-day temporary permit will be issued to allow for processing and delivery of registration and decals. For timely processing, Game and Fish encourages watercraft owners to submit attachments online. 

ANS Sticker for Watercraft 

Boaters with watercraft registered outside the state must have a 2023 aquatic nuisance species sticker before operating watercraft in North Dakota. 

State law requires a $15 ANS fee for motorized watercraft not licensed in North Dakota to be paid for each calendar year, and the ANS sticker must be displayed on the watercraft. 

In addition, Minnesota anglers launching boats on the North Dakota side of the Red River must have a current ANS sticker displayed on the watercraft. 

The ANS sticker can only be purchased by logging into the North Dakota Game and Fish Department website, gf.nd.gov. 

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