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Oklahoma Boat Registration Summary

Oklahoma 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 Oklahoma. 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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Registration Overview The state of Oklahoma issues both registrations and titles for boats. These are administered by the Motor Vehicle Division in Oklahoma City. Registration and titling are required on all outboards in excess of 10 horsepower. Boat trailer registration and titling are not required in Oklahoma.
Excise tax is assessed on transfers of ownership of boats and outboard motors and is based on the manufacturer's original retail selling price of the unit.
There are approximately 202,594 boats registered in the State of Oklahoma. This accounts for 1.7% of all nationwide registrations.
Marking Requirements Oklahoma boat registration numbers begin with an "OK" 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 vessels manufactured after 1972 are required to have a 12 digit hull identification number affixed to the vessel by the manufacturer. State assigned hull numbers prefixed with the letters "OKZ" are available for home made boats and those without factory designations. The hull identification number must be verified by a law enforcement official on first time titling and registration and transfers.
Registration Requirements Unless otherwise exempted, all boats capable of being used, as a means of transportation on the waters of Oklahoma, are required to be titled. Coast Guard documented boats are also subject to Oklahoma boat registration. A complete list of requirements and exemptions can be found on their website. This state does not have provisions for conditional registrations. However they do have defined procedures for registering a boat pursuant a mechanic's or possessory lien foreclosure.
Ownership and Liens Oklahoma issues titles on all registered boats except for those which are Coast Guard Documented. There are no provisions for title bonding when there is insufficient evidence of ownership. In these cases it will be necessary to petition  a local court of law for an ownership award.
Security interests in state titled boats are recorded with the Motor Vehicle Division. These will be shown on both the registration and title certificates when applicable. All titles with active security interests are sent directly to the secured party. Security interests in boats that are neither titled or USCG documented are recorded with the Secretary of State as Uniform Commercial Code (UCC) filings.
Tax liens may be flagged on boat registration records, recorded as UCC filings, shown on state revenue records, or filed with a county clerk's office. There are no provisions for recording mechanic's liens or other non-secured claims against state titled boats.
If the vessel is USCG documented, a lender's security interest must be perfected by filing a preferred vessel mortgage. These are recorded with the National Vessel Documentation Center and priority is attained according to the date filed. Other maritime liens can be filed in the same manner although they function as notifications only. All mortgage and lien filings are indexed on the vessel's underlying abstract of title.
Title Searches Boat title and registration records in Oklahoma are maintained by the Motor Vehicle Division. 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 MVD offices will provide telephone verifications on information shown on boat title or registration certificates in hand.
Uniform Commercial Code searches are available online from the Secretary of State. However, if there are any suspected state or federal tax liens, it may be advisable to use a public record vendor as they have a much broader access to such filings nationwide.
Ownership, mortgage, and lien search recordings for USCG documented vessels can be obtained by ordering an abstract of title and a copy of the certificate of documentation from the National Vessel Documentation Center. However, these are encoded and can be difficult to interpret, especially on older vessels with numerous recordings. It may be worthwhile to contact a professional vessel documentation company for assistance in this regard.
Non-recorded maritime liens may also be a factor when conducting boat title research in Oklahoma. These include liabilities for items such as services, equipment, fuel, storage, parts, supplies, and damages which can become attached to the boat itself regardless of ownership. One of the most useful tools for doing this kind of research is our premier boat history search database. It offers a gathering of eight nationwide databases into a single interface which can be searched by numerous criteria. These include records for stolen boats, marine lien claims, boating accidents, pollution incidents, auctioned boats, factory recalls, and documented vessels.
Resources Boat History Search Database
Boat Record Request Form
UCC Online Search
Public Record Vendors
National Vessel Documentation Center
Vessel Documentation Companies
Wiki Contributors Oklahoma Motor Vehicle Division


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