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 a
Boat Registration Kit
for this state. You will also find an extensive listing of general
purpose boat and trailer registration forms on our Forms
Please visit our
State page for additional
articles and information about registering or titling boats, trailers,
and outboard motors.
The information presented here is subject to change and should be
confirmed with the respective state agency.
Boat Registration Statistics
approximately 57,687 boats registered in Delaware. This state
ranks 39th among nationwide boat registrations.
Boat Registration Numbering
registration number prefix for the State of Delaware is "DL".
Department of Natural Resources, Division of Fish and Wildlife.
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
||Boats are not titled in Delaware. This is a registration only
||Delaware does not have provisions for conditional or bonded boat
registrations where sufficient proof of ownership can not be
not have provisions for registering abandoned boats.
personal property taxes are levied on boats in Delaware.
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 are maintained indefinitely by the State of
Delaware. Detailed information on how to
obtain verbal and written reports can be found in our
kit for this state.
ownership terms are not defined on boat registrations in Delaware.
registration is available to non-residents if the boat's
principal area of operation is within the State of Delaware.
number must be inspected by an enforcement official if there is
a related discrepancy.
transfers, thefts, destructions, and abandonments must be
reported within 15 days.
not issue titles or registrations on outboard motors.
and titling of all boat trailers is required in Delaware.
seal or black-ink rubber stamp must be affixed to all documents
notarized within the State of Delaware.
licensing is not required for dealers or brokers in Delaware.
are Coast Guard documented or registered in another state are
a visitation period of 60 days.