Register a Boat in South Dakota

Now that you have your own boat, you will need to apply for your South Dakota boat registration and learn the SD boating regulations in order to operate safely and legally on state waterways. When you register your boat, you are helping to sustain resources that promote responsible use of our nation’s waterways.

Register Your Boat

SOUTH DAKOTA BOATING LAWS AND REGULATIONS

In addition to knowing the laws that apply to your South Dakota boat registration and titling, you will need to learn the laws or regulations that relate to operation and navigation. Every boater, regardless of experience level, should complete a state-approved boating education class that covers the safe boating basics, rules of the road, and equipment requirements.

IT’S NOT A FEE, IT’S A CONTRIBUTION

Your boat registration serves as documentation to prove that you are the rightful owner of a vessel. There are registration fees that you will need to pay when you register your boat in South Dakota; however, these fees are used by the state to help sustain our natural resources and promote responsible boating.

South Dakota Boat Registration

SOUTH DAKOTA BOAT REGISTRATION INFORMATION

  • You can register your boat at your local county treasurer’s office after paying the registration fees that are required based on the size and type of boat you have. When you receive your boat registration card, keep it on board your vessel in a safe place at all times.
  • All Boats over 12 feet long and motorboats of any length must be registered to be operated on public waters.
  • Boats are registered for a one year period. Fees are based on the length of boat and the type of propulsion.