Minnesota boat registration summary is a free resource designed to inform the boating public about registration requirements, recording methods, and title search guidelines for the State of Minnesota. The data is maintained as an open wiki forum where readers are encouraged to participate by sharing knowledge and experiences with this particular state. Simply click on the "Wiki-Share" link to contribute further details or suggest a revision.
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Department of Natural Resources
Boat Registration Website
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|Registration Overview||The State of Minnesota issues both registrations and titles for boats.
These are administered through the
Department of Natural Resources. The home office in located in St. Paul. Outboard motors
are not titled or registered in this state. Registration is required for boat
trailers in Minnesota. Titling is required on those weighing over 4,500 lbs. or when
a lien is present. It is optional on all other boat trailers.
There are approximately 825,658 boats registered in the State of Minnesota. This accounts for 6.9% of all nationwide registrations.
|Marking Requirements||Minnesota boat registration numbers begin with an "MN" designation
which is followed by four numbers and then two letters. These must be displayed on
all non-documented boats along with registration sticker tabs. Coast Guard
documented vessels may not display the state registration numbers. However they must
display an owner designated vessel name, and a hailing port. An official
documentation number must also be affixed to a visible interior location in the hull
itself or an integral part of the hull.
|Registration Requirements||Minnesota registers all boats except non-motorized watercraft 9' or
less in length, a ships lifeboat, duck boats during the duck
hunting season, and rice boats during the harvest season. Coast
Guard documented vessels are exempt from registration.
Transfers and abandonments must reported within 15 days.
|Ownership and Liens||Minnesota issues titles on all registered boats except for those
which are Coast Guard documented. This state does not have provisions for bonded or
conditional boat titles where sufficient proof of ownership is not otherwise
available. Under these circumstances, ownership will need to be established through
an award from a court of proper jurisdiction.
Boat title and registration records in Minnesota are maintained by the
Department of Natural Resources. This agency does not facilitate online searches for the
general public due to strict privacy laws. However, record printouts may be obtained
by telephone or upon submitting a boat record request form. It is also reported that
offices will provide telephone verifications on information shown on boat title or registration certificates
Boat Record Request Form
National Vessel Documentation Center
UCC Search Online
Public Record Vendors
Business Entity Search
Vessel Documentation Companies
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