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You are looking at a preview of what’s in the timed South Dakota Boat Ed Course. Feel free to look around, but you’ll need to register to begin progress toward getting your South Dakota Boater Education Certificate.

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Requirements for vessel registration vary from state to state. In this state, a boat owner must have the title (certificate of ownership), the boat registration (certificate of number), and proper decals to legally operate on state waters. Exceptions to registration requirements are:

  • Non-motorized sailboats and all manually-propelled vessels
  • Vessels registered in other states using this state's waters for 90 consecutive days or less
  • Vessels documented with the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG)
  • Vessels owned or operated by the U.S. government