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86B.301 WATERCRAFT LICENSES REQUIRED.
    Subdivision 1. Requirement. Except as provided in subdivisions 2 and 3, a person may not
operate or give permission for the operation of a watercraft that requires a watercraft license
on the waters of this state unless:
(1) a watercraft license for the watercraft has been issued and is valid during the period of
operation;
(2) the license number is affixed to the watercraft as prescribed by the commissioner; and
(3) a valid registration sticker is affixed to the watercraft as prescribed by the commissioner.
    Subd. 2. Exemptions. A watercraft license is not required for:
(1) a watercraft that is covered by a license or number in full force and effect under federal
law or a federally approved licensing or numbering system of another state, and has not been
within this state for more than 90 consecutive days, which does not include days that a watercraft
is laid up at dock over winter or for repairs at a Lake Superior port or another port in the state;
(2) a watercraft from a country other than the United States that has not been within this state
for more than 90 consecutive days, which does not include days that a watercraft is laid up at
dock over winter or for repairs at a Lake Superior port or another port in the state;
(3) a watercraft owned by the United States, a state, or a political subdivision of a state,
except watercraft used for recreational purposes;
(4) a ship's lifeboat;
(5) a watercraft that has been issued a valid marine document by the United States
government;
(6) a duck boat during duck hunting season;
(7) a rice boat during the harvest season;
(8) a seaplane; and
(9) a nonmotorized watercraft nine feet in length or less.
    Subd. 3. Temporary certificate. A person may operate a watercraft and allow another
person to operate a watercraft for which a temporary license certificate has been issued during the
period the certificate is valid.
History: 1990 c 391 art 9 s 12