Boaters, remember to give yourself enough time to renew your watercraft registration if it has expired. As a result of COVID-19 and an increase in volume, the DNR License Center currently is taking up to nine weeks to process mail-in boat registration renewals. Additional staff have been pulled in to process renewals and help with the backlog.
To avoid the wait, the DNR is encouraging boaters to renew boat registrations online or at a local deputy registrar’s office rather than by mail. If you renew online, you can print out the confirmation page to use as your temporary permit. You also may write down your temporary authorization number from the confirmation page. Your registration card and expiration decals will then be mailed to you.
To renew online, visit the DNR’s online license sales web page at dnr.state.mn.us, click on “Get Started” and follow the prompts. To renew in-person, visit a deputy registrar. Deputy registrar locations are available on the Minnesota Department of Public Safety website at dps.mn.gov.