West 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 West 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 West Virginia
Division of Motor Vehicles
Boat Registration Website
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|Boat Registration Summary||
West Virginia issues both registrations and titles for all non-exempt boats
operating within its jurisdiction. These are administered by the Division of Motor
Vehicles in Charleston. Outboard
motors are not titled or registered separately, but can be listed on boat
registration records. Boat trailer registration and titling is required in West
|Marking Requirements||West Virginia boat registration numbers begin with a "WV"
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 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||West Virginia boat registration is required on all non-exempt boats
operating within its jurisdiction. Exemptions include boats which are non-motorized
such as canoes, rowboats, or sailboats that do not have an auxiliary motor.
Coast Guard documented boats are not subject to registration. A complete list of
requirements and exemptions can be found on the DMV website.
|Ownership and Liens||West Virginia issues titles on all registered boats except for those
which are Coast Guard documented.
|Title Searches||Boat title and registration records in West Virginia are maintained by the
Division of Motor Vehicles. 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 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
|Wiki Contributors||West Virginia Division of Motor Vehicles|
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