Michigan 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 Michigan. 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 Michigan
Department of State
Boat Registration Website
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|Registration Overview||The State of Michigan issues both
registrations and titles for boats. These are administered through the Department of
State. This state does
not issue title or registration certificates for outboard motors. Registration
is required for boat trailers and titles are required
on those weighing over 3,000 lbs.
|Marking Requirements||Michigan boat registration numbers begin with an "MC" 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||Unless otherwise exempt, all boats must be registered in Michigan
including USCG documented vesse;s. Exemptions include those 16 feet or shorter, propelled by oars or paddles, and not used
for rental or commercial purposes; non-motorized canoes and kayaks not used for rental or
commercial purposes, rafts, surfboards, sailboards, and swim
floats, regardless of length; and Watercraft
registered in another state and used only temporarily in
Michigan. Visit the Department of State website for more requirements and
|Ownership and Liens||Michigan issues titles on all registered boats 20' and over or those
on any length with a permanently affixed engine. Coast Guard documented vessels are
exempt from titling. Other non-documented boats may be titled as an option. Bonded
titles are available when there is no sufficient proof of ownership.
|Title Searches||Boat title and registration records in Michigan are maintained by the
Department of State. 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
that Department of State
offices will provide telephone verifications on information shown on boat title or registration certificates
Boat Record Request - Owner's
Boat Record Request - Non-owner's
National Vessel Documentation Center
Public Record Vendors
Business Entity Search
Vessel Documentation Companies
|Wiki Contributors||Michigan Department of State|
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