(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.
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 21 days.
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.
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.
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.
Watercraft licenses may be renewed in the same manner as applying for the original license.
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.
(a) 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 licensed watercraft.
(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.
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.
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.
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.
(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 86B.121 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 86B.301 for the duration of the event.