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Aircraft Registration

All aircraft based in the state for more than 30 unique days in a calendar year are required to be registered with the North Dakota Aeronautics Commission. You may register your aircraft by completing the North Dakota Aircraft Registration form. New aircraft registrations requiring the payment of an excise tax must submit the form, payment, and a copy of the purchase agreement or proof of purchase. Click here for online aircraft registration renewals. Initial registrations must complete the aircraft registration form and return the form to the ND Aeronautics Commission along with the registration fee. For more information about North Dakota’s aircraft registration regulations view ND Century code 2-05-11.

Fees are paid in relation to the maximum gross weight for the aircraft. Fees are due January 1 of each year the aircraft is based in North Dakota and valid for the calendar year (January 1- December 31). Penalties may be applied to late registrations.

If you would like to update us on changes of address, let us know here.

All aircraft registering in North Dakota for the first time may be required to pay an excise tax on the purchase price of the aircraft. To learn more about North Dakota’s excise tax requirements click here.

Please view the Frequently Asked Questions page to review some common questions that we receive. 


Unairworthy Aircraft

If an aircraft becomes unairworthy, the aircraft registration fees do not apply. However, you are required to notify our office of the unairworthy status. A registration fee will apply when the aircraft becomes airworthy.

Antique, Classic, or Warbird

Antique, Classic, or Warbird Aircraft may be permanently registered with the North Dakota Aeronautics Commission using SFN 14378. An aircraft that qualifies for permanent registration may be used only for display, airshow demonstration, testing and maintenance, and preparation flights necessary to maintain flight safety of operations. These aircraft cannot be used for personal use or conducting commercial or business aviation. Permanent registration may be transferred to a new owner. The one-time permanent fee for an antique, classic, or warbird aircraft is $ 125.00.

"Antique aircraft" means an aircraft built and originally federally certified by its manufacturer before January 1, 1941.

"Classic aircraft" means an aircraft built and originally federally certified by its manufacturer after January 2, 1941, and before January 1, 1948.

 "Warbird aircraft" means military aircraft no longer in military service.

Aircraft Sold or Destroyed

If your aircraft is permanently destroyed or sold, please notify the North Dakota Aeronautics Commission here.