Wisconsin 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 Wisconsin. 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 Natural Resources
Boat Registration Website
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|Boat Registration Overview||Wisconsin issues both registrations and titles for all non-exempt
boats operating within its jurisdiction. These are administered by the Department of
Natural Resources in Madison. This state
does not title or register outboard motors. Boat trailer registration and titling
are required for those weighing over 3,000 lbs. They are optional for trailers weighing less.
|Marking Requirements||Wisconsin boat registration numbers begin with a "WS" 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.
Wisconsin registers and titles all non-exempt boats operating within its
jurisdiction. Exemptions include sailboats 12 feet and under without a motor,
and manually propelled boats not equipped with a motor or
sail. Coast guard documented vessels are subject to registration
unless used for commercial fishing. A complete list of requirements and exemptions
may be found by visiting the DNR website.
|Ownership and Liens||Wisconsin issues titles on all registered boats except for those
which are Coast Guard documented. Wisconsin also has provisions for establishing boat titles without sufficient
evidence of ownership when the registration remains uncontested after three years and
there are no undisclosed security interests. This state has procedures for acquiring titles on abandoned boats.
|Title Searches||Boat title and registration records in Wisconsin are maintained by the
Department of Natural Resources. This agency does not facilitate online searches for the general public.
However, record printouts may be obtained by submitting a boat record request form.
It is also reported that the DNR office will check for hull numbers by telephone or verify information shown on boat title or registration certificates
Boat Record Request Form
UCC Online Record Search
Public Record Vendors
Business Entity Search
National Vessel Documentation Center
Vessel Documentation Companies
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