86B.401 WATERCRAFT LICENSES.
Subdivision 1. Application.
(a) A person may apply to the commissioner, the commissioner
of public safety, or an authorized deputy registrar of motor vehicles to license a watercraft in a
format prescribed by the commissioner.
(b) The application must state the names and addresses of all owners of the watercraft.
Subd. 2. Temporary certificate.
A person who applies for a watercraft license may be
issued a temporary license certificate to operate the watercraft. The temporary license certificate
is valid for the period of time specified by the commissioner.
Subd. 3. Licensing.
The license agent shall register the watercraft on receiving an application
and the license fee. A license and registration sticker with a registration number shall be issued
and must be affixed to the watercraft as prescribed by the commissioner of natural resources. The
license is not valid unless signed by at least one owner.
Subd. 4. License number.
Each watercraft must be assigned a license number. The license
number assigned a watercraft may remain the same even if not renewed in consecutive years. The
owner of a watercraft must purchase the watercraft license numbers assigned and affix the license
numbers as prescribed by the commissioner.
Subd. 5. License period.
A watercraft license is valid for three calendar years or a portion of
the three-year period beginning in the calendar year the license is issued. The watercraft license
expires on December 31 of the last calendar year of the license period.
Subd. 6. Renewal.
Watercraft licenses may be renewed in the same manner as applying for
the original license.
Subd. 7. Notification of change of address by licensee.
If the address of an owner of a
licensed watercraft changes so that it does not conform with the address on the watercraft license,
the owner must notify the commissioner in writing by 30 days after the address change occurs
on a form prescribed by the commissioner.
Subd. 8. Notice of ownership change, destruction, or abandonment of watercraft.
An owner of a watercraft must provide written notice to the commissioner on a form prescribed
by the commissioner by 15 days after abandonment, destruction, or a change in ownership of a
(b) A change in ownership does not include the transfer of a security interest.
(c) After a change of ownership:
(1) the new owners are subject to the penalties imposed by this chapter if they fail to give
notice as required by this subdivision; and
(2) the commissioner shall terminate the license without further action for failure to give the
notice of ownership change.
(d) A notice of ownership change must be accompanied by the duplicate license fee. The
commissioner shall issue a duplicate license on receipt of the notice of ownership change and the
duplicate license fee.
Subd. 9. Loss or destruction of license.
The commissioner shall issue a duplicate watercraft
license if an owner provides to the commissioner an affidavit of loss or destruction of the
watercraft license previously issued and pays the duplicate license fee.
Subd. 10. New license for previously licensed watercraft.
A new license may not be issued
for a watercraft that has previously been issued a watercraft license by this state unless:
(1) a notice of abandonment of the watercraft has been given at least one year before the
date of application for the license; or
(2) the application is accompanied by satisfactory proof that the watercraft has been
continually outside this state at least one year before the date of the application.
Subd. 11.[Repealed, 1996 c 385 art 2 s 8
Subd. 12. Proof of sales tax payment.
A person applying for initial licensing of a watercraft
must provide a watercraft purchaser's certificate, showing a complete description of the watercraft,
the seller's name and address, the full purchase price of the watercraft, and the trade-in allowance,
if any. The certificate must include information showing either (1) that the sales and use tax
under chapter 297A was paid or (2) the purchase was exempt from tax under chapter 297A. The
commissioner of public safety, in consultation with the commissioner and the commissioner of
revenue, shall prescribe the form of the certificate.
The certificate is not required if the applicant provides a receipt, invoice, or other document
that shows the watercraft was purchased from a retailer maintaining a place of business in this
state as defined in section
297A.66, subdivision 1
Subd. 13. Collector watercraft.
(a) The owner of a watercraft built before July 1, 1959, that
is used solely as a collector's item may affix any license numbers and decals that are required for
the watercraft by section
86B.301, subdivision 1
, and rules adopted pursuant to that section so
that the numbers and decals are readily detachable.
(b) The authority issuing a permit under section
for any exhibit, regatta, or boat
parade held on the waters of this state may exempt a collector watercraft from displaying the
license numbers and decals required by section
86B.301, subdivision 1
, during the duration of the
event. The authority may also exempt the collector watercraft from any equipment and operational
requirements and any license requirements in section
for the duration of the event.
History: 1990 c 391 art 9 s 21; 1990 c 559 s 2; 1991 c 291 art 8 s 2; 1992 c 594 s 9; 1993
c 375 art 1 s 2; 1994 c 623 art 1 s 19; 1Sp1995 c 1 s 14; 1999 c 22 s 1; 2000 c 418 art 1 s
44; 2001 c 185 s 16-18; 2003 c 28 art 1 s 12