North Carolina 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 North Carolina. 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 North
Wildlife Resources Commission
Boat Registration Website
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|Registration Overview||North Carolina issues both registrations and titled for boats. These
are administered by the Wildlife Resources Commission in Raleigh. This state does not issue titles and registrations for outboard
motors. Boat trailer
registrations and titles are issued in North Carolina.
|Marking Requirements||North Carolina boat registration numbers begin with an "NC" 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.
All motorized boats are subject to registration in North Carolina except for
sailboats 14 feet or less in length. Registration is also required for USCG
documented vessels. Visit their boat registration website for further requirements
and exemptions. This state does not have provisions for conditional registrations.
|Ownership and Liens||North Carolina issues titles on all registered boats except for
those which are Coast Guard Documented. This state does not have provisions for
bonded titling when there is insufficient proof of ownership. Under these
circumstances it will be necessary to petition a local court of law for an award of
ownership. There are however definitive procedures for taking ownership of abandoned
|Title Searches||Boat title and registration records in North Carolina are maintained by the
Wildlife Resources Commission. This agency does not facilitate online searches for
the general public. However, record printouts are available upon verbal, written,
faxed, or emailed requests. It is also reported that their
offices will provide telephone verifications on information shown on boat title or registration certificates
UCC Online Search
Tax Lien Online Search
Public Record Vendors
Business Entity Search
National Vessel Documentation Center
Vessel Documentation Companies
|Wiki Contributors||North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission|
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