South Dakota 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 South Dakota. 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
Department of Revenue
Motor Vehicles Division
Boat Registration Website
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|Registration Overview||South Dakota issues both registrations and titles for all non-exempt
boats operating within their jurisdiction. These are administered by the Motors
Vehicle division in Pierre. Outboard boat
motors are not subject to titling and registration in South
Dakota. Boat trailer
registration and titling are required in South Dakota.
|Marking Requirements||South Dakota boat registration numbers begin with an "SD" 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||South Dakota registration is required on all boats over 12' and all
motor boats regardless of length. Coast Guard documented vessels are also subject to
registration. A visitation
period of 60 days is allowed for boats that are registered in another state,
Coast Guard documented, or registered in a foreign country. A complete listing of
requirements and exemptions can be found on the MVD website.
|Ownership and Liens||South Dakota issues ownership titles on all registered boats except
for those which are Coast Guard Documented. These are administered by the Motor
Vehicles Division. Security interests in titled boats are recorded with the
Division of Motor vehicles. These will be shown on both the registration and title
certificates when applicable. This state has an electronic lien and title system. As
a result, a certificate is not printed on any title that indicates a lien.
Boat title and registration records in South Dakota are maintained by the
Division of Motor Vehicles. This agency does not facilitate online searches for the general public.
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
applies to boats. It is also reported that DMV
offices will check for hull numbers by telephone or verify information shown on boat title or registration certificates
Boat Record Request
UCC Search Information
UCC Search Request Form
Public Record Vendors
National Vessel Documentation Center
Vessel Documentation Companies
|Wiki Contributors||South Dakota Motor Vehicle Division|
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