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senior member (69)senior membersenior member
03/25/2024 12:24PM  
Hi all,

I bought a used canoe in the off season that is registered in Iowa. Where do I need to go to register this in MN? Can I do at a local DMV? Or do I have to go to the office on Lafayette in St. Paul? Wasn’t clear on the site.

Thanks in advance!


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distinguished member (166)distinguished memberdistinguished memberdistinguished member
03/25/2024 12:57PM  
Local DMV locations can handle that for you
distinguished member(1018)distinguished memberdistinguished memberdistinguished memberdistinguished member
03/25/2024 06:06PM  
Not all DMV deputy registrars do this. You can check here:

List of deputy registrars
distinguished member(1980)distinguished memberdistinguished memberdistinguished memberdistinguished member
03/27/2024 06:02PM  
The Roseville DMV is a good place to go. I just did an Iowa boat there this winter. Did you get the Iowa registration paperwork from the seller?
03/28/2024 09:30AM  
I just went to the DNR License Center @ 500 Lafayette Road in St Paul and I was the only person there. Was in and out in 10 minutes. Highly recommend if it's not too far of a drive for you. Way better than the local DMV :)
distinguished member (385)distinguished memberdistinguished memberdistinguished member
03/28/2024 06:44PM  
I've just mailed it in before and its worked just fine.
member (23)member
04/15/2024 08:53PM  
I have bought a few canoes and licensed them at my local DMV. You will need a bill of sale along with the old registration# to transfer the title.
distinguished member(1446)distinguished memberdistinguished memberdistinguished memberdistinguished member
04/16/2024 12:26AM  
mudhen: "You will need a bill of sale along with the old registration# to transfer the title."

Nope. There's a form on the DNR website you can fill out yourself.
Requires nothing more than your info (name, address etc.) and previous owners info, as well as boat description. Nothing about past registration.

Minnesota DNR boat registration

Registration form

I have used never needed a bill of sale for a canoe. You might for a power boat etc...
member (23)member
04/16/2024 09:29PM  
Well I needed a bill of sale. When I purchased my canoe through Piragis that was there instructions when they handed the receipt/ bill of sale to me. Went to DMV provided the receipt/bill of sale she asked for the registration# off the canoe which I took a picture of before I went, she ran my card took my hard earned money and sent me on my way with tabs. I'm not saying this is the way it's done everywhere but I have transfered 4 canoes this way. Sounds like the online version is a way better way.
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