Montana 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 Montana. 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 Montana
Department of Fish, Wildlife, and Parks
Boat Registration Website
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|Registration Overview||The State of Montana issues both registrations and titles for boats.
These are administered through the Department of Fish, Wildlife, and Parks in Deer
Lodge. This state does
not title or register outboard motors. However, motor
information can be listed on the boat registration records.
|Marking Requirements||Montana boat registration numbers begin with an "MT"
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 state registration numbers. However they
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||Unless otherwise exempt, sailboats 12 feet long and longer and all motorboats and personal watercraft must be registered in Montana. Non-motorized sailboats less than 12 feet long and manually propelled boats, regardless of length, are exempt from registration and taxation. Coast Guard documented boats are also exempt from registration. Visit the DFWP website for a complete listing.|
|Ownership and Liens||Montana issues titles on all registered boats except for those which
are Coast Guard Documented. This state also has provisions for bonded titles and
conditional registrations when there is insufficient proof of ownership.
Boat title and registration records in Montana are administered by the Motor Vehicle
Division. Online boat record searches, which are the same as for vehicles, can be
accessed on their website. However, this service is very restrictive for non-owners
or out of state residents. The Motor Vehicle Division will check for hull
identification numbers and verify registration certificates in hand by telephone. If
you need a print-out, it will be necessary to complete their record request form,
which is the same as for vehicles.
Boat Record Online Search
MVD Record Request Fort
Public Record Vendors
National Vessel Documentation Center
Business Entity Search
Vessel Documentation Companies
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