Watercraft

Status Update – 03/22/2022

We have moved to our permanent location in the Government Center East building. Customer Service is located on the first floor and for those of you that have previously visited us before, we are moving back to the same spot we were once at. Entrance doors are located on Atwood Street and 4th Avenue.

We will continue with our hybrid customer service model, which includes appointments, walk-in service and drop box availability.   

All driver’s license and identification card transactions are required to prebook an appointment for service before coming to the government center.  Driver's licenses, ID cards and instruction permits can be renewed, replaced, updated, upgraded and first-time applications submitted at our location.

Walk-in service is available for other transactions such as tabs, title transfers, disability certificates, duplicate titles, marriage license applications, birth/death/marriage certificates and additional deputy registrar services.  Please note walk-in service is on a first come first served basis and service is not guaranteed.  When we have reached our capacity, you will be asked to wait outside the Service Center lobby until space is available. Our walk-in service line closes at 3:30. 

The drop box is in the circular drive on Atwood St between 4th and 5th Avenues.  Please ensure all of your transactions has a phone number on them.  Your request will be processed in the order it was received and returned via mail.

Thank you for your patience during our transition and we look forward to seeing you again.

All motorized watercraft regardless of length and non-motorized watercraft over 10 feet must be licensed by the Department of Natural Resources (DNR). The types of watercraft that must be licensed include, but are not limited to, motorboats, rowboats, sailboats, sailboards, stand-up paddleboards, canoes, kayaks, paddle boats, rowing shells or sculls, all-terrain vehicles used in the water and inflatable craft.

Exceptions to this law are as follows:

  • Watercraft currently registered in another state and not kept in Minnesota for more than 90 consecutive days.
  • Watercraft from a country other than the United States and not kept in Minnesota for more than 90 consecutive days.
  • Watercraft owned by the United States government or other specified governmental units, except those boats used for recreational purposes.
  • Watercraft documented with the United
  • States Coast Guard (official papers on craft 5 net tons or larger are issued by the Coast Guard instead of state registration.)
  • A ship’s lifeboat.
  • Waterfowl boats used during the waterfowl hunting season, rice boats used during the harvest season and seaplanes.
  • Non-motorized watercraft 10 feet in length or less.  

Minnesota Boating Guide



Application Process

 

New, Renewal or transfer registration

To begin print and fill out the Universal Registration Form.

Apply in person using our standby list at the Scott County Customer Service Center

Duplicate decal or registration card


The owner of the vehicle must be present and have valid identification.

Remember to Bring

  • The completed universal registration form.
  • The certificate of origin from the dealer (if a new vehicle.)
  • Receipt from dealer showing payment of sales tax (also if new.)

Cost


 Please go to Minnesota DNR fee schedule for current prices.

You can pay with cash, check (payable to Scott County) or credit card. If you pay with a credit card you will be paying a 2.45% convenience fee.