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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.
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.
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 has its own set of boating rules to protect the waterways and keep everyone who uses them safe.
Learn how to take care of your crew and your boat, while also taking care of our valuable water resources.
Additional resources and information can be found directly on the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks site.
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