Indiana 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 Indiana. 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
Bureau of Motor Vehicles
Boat Registration Website
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|Registration Overview||Boat registration and titling in the State of Indiana is administered through the
Bureau of Motor Vehicles in Indianapolis. The home office in Boat transactions are basically
handled in the same manner as vehicles although requirements and exemptions may vary. Outboard motors
are not titled or registered in Indiana. Boat trailers must be registered in Indiana.
Boat titling is required on boat trailers weighing over 3,100 lbs.
|Marking Requirements||Boat registration numbers in Indiana begin with an "IN" 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||All motorized
boats, including motorized sailboats and jet skis must be
registered in Indiana. This includes boats with trolling motors. Coast Guard
documented vessels must also be registered.
|Ownership and Liens||Security interests in non-documented boats are recorded with the
Bureau 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.
|Title Searches||Boat title and registration records in Indiana are maintained by the
Bureau 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 DMV
offices will provide telephone verifications on information shown on boat title or registration certificates
in hand. A Uniform Commercial Code search is necessary to determine secured interests if
a boat is neither titled or Coast Guard documented.
Boat Record Request Form
Public Record Vendors
Business Entity Search
Vessel Documentation Companies
|Wiki Contributors||Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles|
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