District of Columbia boat registration summary is a free resource designed to inform the boating public about registration requirements, recording methods, and title search guidelines for the District of Columbia. The data is maintained as an open wiki forum where readers are encouraged to participate by sharing knowledge and experiences with this particular state. Simply click on the "Wiki-Share" link to contribute further details or suggest a revision.
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|Boat Registration Agency||District of Columbia
Metropolitan Police Department
Boat Registration Web Site
|Boat Registration Summary||The District of Columbia issues both registrations and titles for
boats operating within its jurisdiction. These are administered by the Metropolitan
Police Department in Washington/ The district does not issue titles or registrations on outboard
motors/Registration and titling are required on all boat trailers in this district.
|Marking Requirements||District of Columbia boat registration numbers begin with an "DC" designation which is followed
by four numbers and then two letters. These must be displayed on all non-documented
boats along with registration sticker tabs. Coast Guard documented vessels may not
display the state registration numbers. However they must display the state
registration tabs, an owner designated vessel name, and a hailing port. An official
documentation number must also be affixed to a visible interior location in the hull
itself or an integral part of the hull.
|Registration Requirements||The District of Columbia registers and titles all non-exempt boats
operating within its jurisdiction. These are administered by the Metropolitan Police
District in Washington. Coast Guard documented vessels are also subject to
registration. A complete list of requirements and exemptions can be found on the
Metropolitan Police Department website.
|Ownership and Liens||The District of Columbia issues titles on all registered boats
except for those which are Coast Guard documented.
|Title Searches||Boat title and registration records in the District of Columbia are maintained by the
Metropolitan Police Department. This agency does not facilitate online searches for
the general public due to strict privacy laws. However, record printouts may be
obtained by an owner or otherwise qualified party by submitting a boat record
request form. It is also reported that the registration office will check for hull numbers by telephone or verify information shown on boat title or registration certificates
Boat Record Request Form
Recorder of Deeds Office
Public Record Vendors
Business Entity Search
National Vessel Documentation Center
Vessel Documentation Companies
|Wiki Contributors||District of Columbia Metropolitan Police Department|
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