ATV, boat or snowmobile registration

Apply in person at any Hennepin County Service Center to license or register your fun outdoor toys! Come in and see us whether you need to apply for a new, renewal or duplicate.

License decal and registration will be issued at the time you apply.

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All-terrain vehicle (ATV)

Proof of registration in another state or country allows use of your ATV in Minnesota for up to 30 days. After 30 days, or if your former state or country did not register ATV's, you need to obtain a Minnesota ATV registration. Minnesota registration is good for three calendar years.  The expiration date is shown on both the registration and on the decal which is to be applied to the vehicle.

How to apply

New, renewal or transfer registration

Complete the universal registration form (5MB PDF) and bring to any Hennepin County Service Center. Both buyer and seller must sign the application for a transfer. You will also need to bring one of the following:

  • For new registration, bring sales receipt showing you have paid the sales tax
  • For renewal registration, bring renewal statement
  • For transfer registration, bring bill of sale with the DNR registration number

Duplicate decal or registration card

The owner must be present with identification and the DNR registration number (if known).

Fees

  • New: varies by type
  • Duplicate decal: $6
  • Duplicate registration card: $10
  • Renewal registration: $51
  • Transfer registration: $12.50
  • Payment options

Additional information

  • You will need to know the make, model, year, serial number, engine size, and dry weight.
  • All signatures must be original. They may not be pre-printed or photo-copied.
  • A bill of sale is required to transfer registration from one owner to another.

Boat or watercraft

In Minnesota, all motorized and non-motorized watercraft must be licensed.

Watercraft registration is good for three calendar years and expires on December 31 of the last valid year. The expiration date appears on both the license certificate and on validation decals which are to be applied to the boat.

How to apply

  • Complete the universal registration form (PDF 5MB) and bring to any Hennepin County Service Center.
  • You will need to provide the length, manufacturer, type of hull material (wood, metal, or plastic), type of propulsion, model, year, and serial or hull identification number (HIN).
  • You must show the sales receipt showing you have paid the sales tax.
  • Bring the renewal statement or registration number from the side of the boat. If you have neither, and the boat is registered in your name, a driver's license will also prove ownership.

Fees

  • Registration: $21.50 to $101, depending on the length and type of boat
  • Transfer of watercraft title: $17
  • Payment options

Snowmobile

In Minnesota, only a current registration on your snowmobile is required. There is no certificate of title needed. Snowmobile registration is valid for three years and runs from July 1 to June 30.

How to apply

Complete the universal registration form (PDF 5MB) and bring to any Hennepin County Service Center.

  • You will need to provide the registration number, make, model, year, serial number, and engine size in HP or cubic centimeters (cc's).
  • You must show the sales receipt showing you have paid the sales tax.
  • The owner must provide driver's license or state identification.

Fee

  • New or renewal registration: $78.50
  • Renewal registration and transfer: $88.50
  • Transfer only: $13.50
  • Payment options

Additional information

Additional information about Minnesota snowmobile registration procedures and fees can be found on the DNR web site.

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