Idaho 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
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Boat Registration Agency
||State of Idaho
of Parks and Recreation.
Boat Registration Information
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||Boat registration and titling in the State of Idaho is administered through the
Department of Parks and Recreation in Boise. Outboard motors
are not titled or registered in Idaho. Boat trailer registrations are handled through the Division of Motor Vehicles.
Titling is required on boat trailers weighing over 2,000 lbs. Sales and
use taxes apply to boat transactions within this state.
approximately 84,015 boats registered in the State
of Idaho. This accounts for 0.7% of all nationwide
||Boat registration numbers in Idaho begin with an "ID" 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.
All vessels manufactured after 1972 are
required to have a 12 digit hull identification number affixed to the vessel by the
manufacturer. State assigned hull numbers prefixed with
the letters "IDZ" are available for home made boats and those without factory
designations. A hull
identification number inspection by an Idaho law enforcement
official is required on all first time boat registrations.
||All boats must be registered in Idaho except those which are
manually powered and sailboards. Coast Guard documented boats are exempt from
registration. Idaho has provisions for conditional boat registrations.
Titling is required in Idaho for any vessel with a permanently attached mode of
propulsion and model year 2000 or newer (for example: inboards, stern drives,
personal watercraft and sailboats). Vessels over 12 feet in length with an outboard
motor must also be titled. Coast Guard documented boats are exempt from titling
requirements. Idaho has provisions for bonded boat titles when there is insufficient
proof of ownership.
abandonment, theft, or destruction of an Idaho registered boat
must be reported to the Department of Motor Vehicles within 15 days.
Ownership and Liens
Security interests in titled boats are recorded with the
Division of Motor vehicles. These will be shown on both the registration certificate
and title when applicable. All titles with active security interests are sent directly
to the secured party. Security interests non-titled and non-documented boats must be
recorded as Uniform Commercial Code filings.
Tax liens are sometimes flagged in the state's registration
database or perhaps recorded as Uniform Commercial Code filings. There are no provisions for recording mechanic's
liens or other non-secured claims against registered boats which are not documented.
If the vessel is USCG documented, a lender's security interest may be perfected by
filing a preferred vessel mortgage. These are recorded with the National Vessel
Documentation Center with the earliest submissions taking priority. Other lien claims can be
filed in the same manner although these function as notifications only. All such filings
are indexed on the vessel's underlying abstract of title.
||Boat title and registration records in Idaho are maintained by the
Department of Motor Vehicles. The 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.
Although designed for vehicles, this form also applies to boats. It is also reported
that the Department of Motor Vehicles will provide telephone verifications on information shown on boat title or registration certificates
State and Federal tax liens on boats
are not always recorded in a consistent manner and are therefore difficult to
identify. They may show up as a red flag on state registration records, as Uniform
Commercial Code filings, in state revenue records, in a county clerks records, or on
a vessel's abstract of title for documented boats. Given these disparities, it may
be worth obtaining the services of a public record vendor that has access to a broad
range of personal property lien recordings.
Ownership, mortgage, and lien search recordings for USCG documented vessels can be
obtained by ordering an abstract of title and a copy of the certificate of documentation
from the National Vessel Documentation Center. However, these are encoded and can be
difficult to interpret, especially on older vessels with numerous recordings. It may be
worthwhile to contact a professional vessel documentation company for assistance in this
Non-recorded maritime liens may also be a factor when conducting boat title research in
Idaho. These include liabilities for items such as services, equipment, fuel, storage,
parts, supplies, and damages which can become attached to the boat itself regardless of
ownership. One of the most useful tools for doing this kind of research is our premier
boat history search database. It is a gathering of eight nationwide databases
into a single interface which can be searched by numerous criteria. These include records for stolen boats, marine lien claims, boating accidents, pollution incidents,
auctioned boats, factory recalls, and boat manufacturers.
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Public Record Vendors
|| Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation