North Dakota Regulatory Guide

The North Dakota Game and Fish Department rigorously enforces boating regulations to ensure safety and environmental conservation. Officers patrol waterways, enforce speed limits, and educate boaters on responsible practices, emphasizing the prevention of invasive species. Through their efforts, the department fosters a secure and sustainable boating environment for all. On this page, we navigate you through everything you need to have in place in order to ensure that your boat rental business is compliant with North Dakota's regulations, along with some other important things to keep in mind.

Boxes you need to tick

These are requirements as defined by law:

Age Requirement

No person under the age of 12 may operate a motorboat propelled by more than 10 horsepower unless accompanied by a person 18 or older.

License Requirement

A boating course is required for all people aged 12-15 who want to operate a boat by themselves.

Registration Requirement

Owners of any watercraft propelled by motors must register their vessels with the ND Game & Fish Department.

Keep in mind when renting out boats


Rental Agreement

Not required

List of Passengers
Livery Definition
Video Documentation

The information provided is intended to be general and informative, and should not be interpreted as regulatory, legal, or insurance advice. It does not constitute professional advice from a licensed insurance agent and does not establish an attorney-client or insurer-insured relationship. This information should not replace the counsel of a qualified legal, regulatory, or insurance professional. Always consult with a qualified professional for legal, regulatory, or insurance advice pertaining to your specific circumstances.

Boat Rental Accident Reporting

The operator/owner of a vessel used for recreational purposes is required to file a report in writing whenever an accident results in: loss of life or disappearance from a vessel; an injury which requires medical treatment beyond first aid; or property damage in excess of $2,000 or complete loss of the vessel.

Reports in death and injury cases must be submitted within 48 hours. Reports in other cases must be submitted within five days. Reports must be submitted to the reporting authority in the state where the accident occurred. For more information contact the Department at 701-328-6300.

Report Accident

Federal Regulation

The United States Coast Guard (USCG) regularly provides updates on recentchanges in regulation and have overviews of specific requirements for boatrental companies

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