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Delaware Boat Registration Summary

          Delaware boat registration summary presents an overview of boat titling, registration, loan perfection, and operational requirements for the State of Delaware. Additional boat registration and titling resources can be found by visiting our State page as shown in the above menu selections. Boat registration services, supplemental forms, and historical research data  are also available from our Services, Forms, and Database pages.

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Delaware Boat Registration
Delaware Boat Registration
Division of Fish & Wildlife

Boat Registration Statistics There are approximately 59,186 boats registered in the State of Delaware. This accounts for 0.5% of all nationwide registrations.
Boat Registration Numbering The boat registration number prefix for the State of Delaware is "DL".
Boat Registration Agency Delaware Department of Natural Resources, Division of Fish and Wildlife.
Boat Registration Requirements Registration is required on all motorized boats except those which are Coast Guard documented. However, documented boats may be registered at the owner's option. Delaware boat registrations are available on a 1 to 3 year basis.
Boat Title Requirements Boats are not titled in Delaware. This is a registration only state.
Conditional Boat Registrations Delaware does not have provisions for conditional or bonded boat registrations where sufficient proof of ownership can not be provided.
Abandoned Boats Delaware does not have provisions for registering abandoned boats.
Boat Taxes No sales, excise, or personal property taxes are levied on boats in Delaware.
Boat Loan Perfection A security interest on a non-documented boat is perfected with a UCC financing statement. If the vessel is Coast Guard documented, a preferred vessel mortgage must be recorded with the National Vessel Documentation Center.
Boat Registration Records Boat registration records in Delaware are administered by the Division of Fish & Wildlife. This agency does not facilitate online searches for the general public. However, the boat registration unit will verify registration information by telephone if you have a copy of the registration in hand. They will only provide print-outs upon special written request from the current registered owner. Boat registration records are maintained indefinitely by the State of Delaware.
Boat Ownership Designations Joint ownership terms are not defined on boat registrations in Delaware.
Boat Residency Requirements Boat registration is available to non-residents if the boat's principal area of operation is within the State of Delaware.
Boat Hull Number Inspections The hull number must be inspected by an enforcement official if there is a related discrepancy.
Boat Reporting Requirements Ownership transfers, thefts, destructions, and abandonments must be reported within 15 days.
Outboard Boat Motors Delaware does not issue titles or registrations on outboard motors.
Boat Trailers Registration and titling of all boat trailers is required in Delaware.
Notary Public An embossed seal or black-ink rubber stamp must be affixed to all documents notarized within the State of Delaware.
Delaware Boat Registration Resources Application for Boat Registration
Boat Registration Information
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