Massachusetts 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 Massachusetts. 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 Massachusetts
Massachusetts Environmental Police
Boat Registration Bureau
Boat Registration Web Site
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|Registration Overview||The State of Massachusetts issues both registrations and titles for boats.
These are administered through the
Massachusetts Environmental Police in Boston. Outboard motors
are not titled or registered in Massachusetts. Boat trailers weighing over 3,000 lbs.
are registered and titled.
|Marking Requirements||Boat registration numbers in Massachusetts begin with an "MS"
designation which is followed by four numbers and then two letters. These must be
displayed on all registered boats along with registration sticker tabs. USCG
documented vessels are not subject to state numbering, but must display 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||Registration is required in Massachusetts for all motorized boats
unless otherwise exempted. USCG documented vessels are not registered. A complete
list of exemptions may be found by visiting the MEP website.
|Ownership and Liens||Titles are issued on all registered boats over 14' in Massachusetts,
except for those which are Coast Guard Documented. Massachusetts
does not have provisions for bonded boat titles or conditional
boat registrations where sufficient proof of ownership is not
available. These situations are handled on a case-by-case basis
through the Boat Registration Bureau. Massachusetts has defined procedures for
titling abandoned boats.
|Title Searches||Boat title and registration records in Massachusetts are maintained by the
Boat Registration Bureau. This agency has an online record request form for
individual records. Record printouts may be obtained by submitting a boat record
request form. It is also reported that the registration office will provide telephone verifications on information shown on boat title or registration certificates
Boat Record Request Online
Boat Record Request
National Vessel Documentation Center
UCC Search Online
Public Record Vendors
Vessel Documentation Companies
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