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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. More detailed information, forms, guidelines, and other resources are obtainable by downloading our boat registration kit for this state. You will also find an extensive listing of supplemental boat, trailer, and outboard motor titling or registration forms on our forms page.

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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".
Registration Agency Delaware Department of Natural Resources, Division of Fish and Wildlife.
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.
Title Requirements Boats are not titled in Delaware. This is a registration only state.
Conditional 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.
State Taxes No sales, excise, or personal property taxes are levied on boats in Delaware.
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.
Registration Records Boat registration records are maintained indefinitely by the State of Delaware. Detailed information on how to obtain verbal and written reports can be found in our boat registration kit for this state.
Ownership Designations Joint ownership terms are not defined on boat registrations in Delaware.
Residency Requirements Boat registration is available to non-residents if the boat's principal area of operation is within the State of Delaware.
Hull Inspections The hull number must be inspected by an enforcement official if there is a related discrepancy.
Reporting Requirements Ownership transfers, thefts, destructions, and abandonments must be reported within 15 days.
Outboard 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.
Dealer Requirements Professional licensing is not required for dealers or brokers in Delaware.
Visitation Period Boats that are Coast Guard documented or registered in another state are allowed a visitation period of 60 days.

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