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North Dakota Boat Bill of Sale Form

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North Dakota Boat Bill of Sale Form

Updated September 13, 2023

A North Dakota boat bill of sale is a legal document that proves a vessel has been legally sold. The bill of sale will identify the buyer and the seller, describe the boat changing hands, and contain the terms of the sale. This form will require notarization, and may be useful for tax purposes.

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Registering a Boat

Any boat propelled by a motor must be registered with the North Dakota Game and Fish Department to operate in North Dakota waters. The department does not specify how soon a buyer must begin the registration process after purchasing a boat, but best practice is to do so as quickly as possible, and the state will send registrants a 10-day temporary registration certificate once the application is submitted. Boat registration endures for three (3) years, and may be renewed online.

Where to Register

Unlike most states, which require initial registration to be done in person or by mail, North Dakota permits initial boat registration online, and requires any boat purchased new to be completed online. Registration for transfers of ownership of used boats may also be completed at an office of the North Dakota Game and Fish Department.

Required Documents

Because it handles almost all boat registrations through its online portal, North Dakota no longer has a distinct registration form. However, particularly for the purchase of used boats from a private party, buyers should have: