Virginia 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 Virginia 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 Game & Inland Fisheries
Boat Registration Website
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|Boat Registration Overview||Virginia issues both registrations and titles for boats operating
within their jurisdiction. These are administered by the Department of Game and
Inland Fisheries in Richmond. This state does not issue titles and registrations for
outboard motors. However, they can be listed on the boat registration records. Boat trailer
registration and titling is required in Virginia.
|Marking Requirements||Virginia boat registration numbers begin with a "VA" 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 when applicable, 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.
Virginia registers all non-exempt boats that operate within their jurisdiction.
This includes all watercraft propelled by
machinery, including but not limited to, gasoline, diesel,
and electric motors.
Sailboats with no motor over 18' are titled but not registered. Coast Guard
documented vessels may become registered but this is not required. Exemptions
include a watercraft visiting Virginia which is registered in another
state for up to 90 consecutive days. A complete list of requirements and
exemptions may be found on the DMV website.
|Ownership and Liens|| Virginia issues titles on all registered boats except for those
which are Coast Guard Documented. This includes certain sailboats which are exempt from
registration. This state has
defined procedures for titling or registering boats when there
is insufficient proof of ownership. There are also procedures for titling abandoned
|Title Searches||Boat title and registration records in Virginia are maintained by
the Department of Game and Inland Fisheries. This agency does not facilitate online searches. However, record printouts may be obtained
by submitting a boat record request form. It is also reported that their office will check for hull numbers by telephone or verify information shown on boat title or registration certificates
Boat Record Request Form
UCC Online Search
Public Record Vendors
Business Entity Search
National Vessel Documentation Center
Vessel Documentation Companies
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