Pennsylvania 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 Pennsylvania. 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 Pennsylvania
Fish & Boat Commission
Boat Registration Website
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|Registration Overview||Pennsylvania implements both registrations and titling for all
non-exempt boats operating within its jurisdiction. These are administered by the
Fish and Boat Commission in Harrisburg. Outboard motors are neither titled or
registered in this state. However, such information can be listed on the boat
registration and title records. Boat trailer registration and titling are both required in
|Marking Requirements||Pennsylvania boat registration numbers begin with a "PA" 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.
Pennsylvania registration is required on all non-exempt boats powered by a gasoline,
diesel or electric motors. This includes sailboats and other watercraft with
auxiliary power. Coast Guard documented boats are subject to registration. This
has procedures for registering and titling abandoned boats. There are no provisions
for conditional boat registrations when there is insufficient proof of ownership.
However, consideration may be given to a special declaration of ownership under certain circumstances.
|Ownership and Liens||
Pennsylvania issues titles on all on power-driven boats with a model year of 1997 or
newer, except boats less than 14 feet in length that are powered by an outboard
motor. Titling is optional on all other boats. Coast Guard documented boats are
excluded from titling. There are no provisions in this state for bonded titles when
there is insufficient proof of ownership. In this case a petition must be filed with
a local court of law for an award of ownership.
|Title Searches||Boat title and registration records in Pennsylvania are maintained by the
Fish and Game Commission. 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 DMV
offices will provide telephone verifications on information shown on boat title or registration certificates
Boat Record Request
Public Record Vendors
National Vessel Documentation Center
Vessel Documentation Companies
|Wiki Contributors||Pennsylvania Fish and Game Commission|
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