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South Dakota Boat Registration / Title Forms and FAQ

South Dakota Frequently Asked Questions

South Dakota Registration and Title Information
Summary of boat registration and titling rules in South Dakota
How do you register a boat in South Dakota?
In South Dakota, the application for initial purchase of a boat must be submitted in person or by mail to the applicant's county treasurer's office. Renewal of registrations can be done online.
Where do you register your boat in South Dakota?
In South Dakota, you register your boat at the SD Dept of Revenue, Motor Vehicle Division
What boats are required to be registered in South Dakota?
The following boats are required to be registered in South Dakota: Any boat over twelve feet in length or a motorboat, used or capable of being used as a means of transportation on water, canoes, inflatable boats, kayaks, sailboards over 12 feet.
What boats do not require registration in South Dakota?
Non-motorized boats under 12 feet are not required to be registered in South Dakota
Are USCG documented boats required to be registered in South Dakota?
USCG documented boats are required to be registered in South Dakota
How much does it cost to register a boat in South Dakota?
To register a boat in South Dakota, the fees are as follows: • Non-motorized Boats Over 12' and Boats Propelled by Electric Motors - $15 • Motorboats Under 19' (includes ski jets) - $25 • Motorboats 19' and Over - $45
How much does it cost to get a duplicate boat registration in South Dakota?
A duplicate boat registration in South Dakota costs $1
How much does it cost to get a duplicate boat decal in South Dakota?
A duplicate boat decal in South Dakota costs $3
How much does it cost to transfer a boat registration in South Dakota?
Boat registration transfers are treated as new registrations in South Dakota
Does South Dakota title boats?
Boats are titled in South Dakota
Where do you title your boat in South Dakota?
In South Dakota, boats are titled through the SD Dept of Revenue, Motor Vehicle Division
What boats are required to be titled in South Dakota?
Boats that are required to be titled in South Dakota include: Large boats (defined as any boat over twelve feet in length or a motorboat, used or capable of being used as a means of transportation on water, except canoes, inflatable boats, kayaks, sailboards and seaplanes.)
What boats do not require a title in South Dakota?
Canoes, inflatable boats, kayaks, sailboards and seaplanes and Documented Coast Guard boats are exempt from titling in South Dakota
How much does it cost to title a boat in South Dakota?
It costs $10 to title a boat in South Dakota
How much does it cost to get a duplicate boat title in South Dakota?
A duplicate boat title in South Dakota costs $10
How much does it cost to transfer a boat title in South Dakota?
It will cost you $10 to transfer a boat title in South Dakota
How much does it cost to record a lien on a boat in South Dakota?
Recording a lien in South Dakota will cost you $10
Does South Dakota issue e-titles for boats?
South Dakota issues e-titles for boats.
Does South Dakota require boat inspections?
South Dakota does not require an inspection to register a boat.
What is the sales tax rate for boats in South Dakota?
The sales tax rate on boats in South Dakota is a 3% excise tax on the purchase price.
What is the sales tax cap for boats in South Dakota?
In South Dakota, the sales tax cap is 3%
Does South Dakota have an annual tax on boats?
South Dakota does not have an annual tax on boats.
Helpful Links for South Dakota:
SeamlessGov Licensing Your Boat | South Dakota Game, Fish, and Parks

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