Hawaii boat registration summary is a free resource designed to inform the boating public about registration requirements, recording methods, and title search guidelines for the State of Hawaii. 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||State of
Department of Land and Natural Resources
Division of Boating and Ocean Resources
Boat Registration Website
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|Registration Overview||Hawaii boat registrations are administered by the Department of Land
and Natural Resources in Honolulu. Hawaii is a registration only state and does not
issue boat titles. Titling and registration is not required in Hawaii for outboard boat motors.
is required for boat trailers but titles are not available. There is no state sales
tax in Hawaii.
|Marking Requirements||Boat registration numbers in Hawaii begin with an "HA" 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.
Unless otherwise exempted, all boats must become registered in Hawaii. Exceptions
include a vessel's lifeboat used solely for lifesaving purposes, a manually
propelled recreational vessel, a recreational vessel eight feet or less in length
propelled solely, and boats registered in another state for a visitation period of
90 days. USCG
documented vessels must be registered unless they are endorsed for commercial usage.
Hawaii does not have provisions for bonding or conditional registrations where
sufficient proof of ownership is not otherwise available.
|Ownership and Liens||Hawaii does not issue boat titles therefore security interests in
non-documented boats are recorded through Uniform Commercial Code filings. Tax liens are sometimes flagged in the state's registration
database, recorded as Uniform Commercial Code filings, shown on state revenue records,
or filed with a county clerk's office. There are no provisions for recording mechanic's
liens or other non-secured claims against registered boats which are not documented.
Boat registration records in Hawaii are maintained by the Division of Boating and
Ocean Recreation. This agency does not facilitate online searches for the general public but
registration information may be obtained by telephone or by submitting a
registration information request form.
Boat Record Request Form
Public Record Vendors
Vessel Documentation Companies
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