Illinois 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 Illinois. 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 Illinois
Department of Natural Resources
Boat Registration Website
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|Registration Overview||Boat registration and titling in the State of Illinois is
administered through the Department of Natural Resources in Springfield. Outboard
motors are not titled or registered in Illinois. Boat trailer registrations are
handled through the Division of Motor Vehicles. Illinois does
not issue registration or title certificates on outboard motors. Boat trailers must
be registered and titled through the Division of Motor Vehicles.
|Marking Requirements||Boat registration numbers in Illinois begin with an "IL" 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 boats must be registered in Illinois except sailboards,
boats used exclusively as a ship's lifeboat,
boats while competing in any race approved by
the Department, non-powered boats owned and
operated on water completely impounded on land
belonging to the owner of the watercraft, or a canoe or kayak which
is owned by an organization which is organized and conducted on a
not-for-profit basis with no personal profit inuring to anyone as a
result of the operation. Registration is also required for Coast
Guard documented vessels. There are no provisions for conditional
|Ownership and Liens||Security interests in registered boats which are non-documented
must be recorded with the Department of Natural Resources. These will be shown on both the
title and registration certificates when applicable. All titles with active security interests are sent directly
to the secured party.
|Title Searches||Boat title and registration records in Illinois are maintained by the
Department of Natural Resources. 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 DNR will provide telephone verifications on information shown on boat title or registration certificates
Boat Record Request
Illinois Department of Revenue Search
Public Record Vendors
Business Entity Search
Vessel Documentation Companies
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