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 January 1, 2005 through December 31, 2007).
|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.
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