Maryland 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 Maryland. 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 Maryland
Department of Natural Resources
Boat Registration Web Site
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|Registration Overview||The State of Maryland issues both registrations and titles for boats.
These are administered through the
Department of Natural Resources in Annapolis. Outboard motors
are not titled or registered in Maryland. Boat trailers are registered and titled.
|Marking Requirements||Boat registration numbers in Maryland begin with an "MD" 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 show 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 for all motorboats in the State of
Maryland. Registration is not required for Coast Guard
documented vessels, but a special use decal must be obtained. A complete list
of exemptions may be found by visiting the DNR website.
|Ownership and Liens||Titles are issued on all registered boats in Maryland except for
those which are Coast Guard Documented. However they are optional on boats 24' or
less in length. Maryland does not have provisions for bonded boat titling or
registration. Under these circumstances it will be necessary to petition a court of
local jurisdiction for an award of ownership. Maryland does have a defined process
for claiming title to an abandoned boat.
|Title Searches||Boat title and registration records in Maryland are maintained by the
Department of Natural Resources. This 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
offices will provide telephone verifications on information shown on boat title or registration certificates
Boat Record Request
Public Record Vendors
Business Entity Search
Vessel Documentation Companies
|Wiki Contributors||Maryland Department of Natural Resources|
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