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The State Game and Fish Department is urging boat owners who have yet to renew their registration for 2014, to use the agencyâ€™s online renewal system to speed up processing time.
Due to a high volume of registrations coming in as boat owners prepare for the new boating season, Game and Fish Department licensing manager Randy Meissner says the processing time currently is 10 to 14 days.
â€śFor someone who wants to have their boat licensed for 2014 and ready to go by Memorial Day weekend, they might be cutting it a little close if they mail in their renewal,â€ť Meissner said. â€śBy renewing online at the Game and Fish website, it only takes a few days for us to get the new registration card and decals out in the mail.â€ť
The Game and Fish website address is gf.nd.gov. Click on the â€śBoatingâ€ť tab, and look for the watercraft registration section.
Once the renewal is accepted and the credit card approved, customers are instructed to print out the â€śPurchase Summaryâ€ť screen which constitutes a 10-day temporary permit, allowing the boat to be used immediately while the renewal is being processed, Meissner said.
2014 is the first year of a three-year boat licensing period. More than 60,000 boat owners were mailed renewal notices in December. Anyone who has a boat and did not receive a renewal notice, should contact the department at 701-328-6300; or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Meissner added that the Game and Fish online system is for renewals only. If the registration is a transfer of ownership or new watercraft purchase, the only option is to mail it in, because Game and Fish needs the sales receipts and other documentation of the purchase.