North Dakota Boating Information
Registration Questions:(701) 628-6335
Boating Registration Website:
State Tax Department Website:
Registration Grace Period (Days):90 days
Boat Sales & Use Tax Rate:5%
Credit For Tax Paid In Another State:Yes
State Decal Required For Documented Vessel:Yes
Boat Titles Issued:no
Notes:Local sales and use tax apply
Possible Hike in Boating Registration Fees

The North Dakota Legislature will look at a bill this session that would raise hunting and fishing licenses as well as boating registration fees. The measure H.B. 1130, seeks to help grow the game and fish department funds as recent flooding and decreased wildlife populations have reduced the number of licenses sold. Stay tuned to this and other state boating issues at

Boating Law Administrator(701) 328-6312
Maximum Speed Limit:Posted Speed Limit
Maximum Dimensions For Trailer:53'L x 8'6"W x 14'H
Maximum Overall Length with Vehicle & Trailer:75'
Minimum Weight Requiring Separate Trailer Brakes:All trailers traveling over 25 MPH must have brakes.
Trailer Equipment Requirements:
Safety Chains:Yes
Brake Lights:Yes
Clearance Lights:Yes
License Light:Yes
Turn Signals:Yes
Breakaway Brakes:Yes
Two Trailers:Yes, but middle trailer must have brakes
Insurance:Not required specifically for the trailer, may fall under the vehicle insurance.
Oversize Permit Office:(701) 328-2455 OPT 1
For specific questions about boating issues or BoatUS Government Affairs, please e-mail the department at

North Dakota Boating News:

The North Dakota Legislature will look at raising boating registration fees while it is in session from 1/8/13 to 5/1/13. Keep an eye out for this and other local boating legislation at