Boat title search resources for USCG documented, state registered, and foreign vessels.
Welcome to the internet's largest gathering of boat title search resources for everything from ski-boats to mega-yachts. Here you will find a full compliment of research tools for U.S. Coast Guard documented vessels, state registered boats, and foreign titled yachts. They are designed especially for prospective buyers, marine lenders, maritime professionals, and the boating community in general. The following resources, in conjunction with our "BoatScope" database, will provide an excellent foundation for implementing all types of boat title and history research.
Boat History Search
- Visit our database page for a preview of "BoatScope", the internet's premier boat
history database. It consists of eight maritime databases all rolled into one convenient
interface. These include boats which have been stolen, damaged, auctioned, recalled, documented,
and those involved in operational incidents. You will also find important listings from our
nationwide boat lien claims database.
Free - Boat Hull Number Check - A must-have starting point for any boat title search. Make sure the hull identification number conforms with federal standards for the year in which issued. Simply enter your number and view a validation report with a breakdown of the various elements. This incudes the manufactures code, serial number, and build date. The service is absolutely free with no obligation, sign-up, or login requirements.
Free - USCG Documentation Search - Designed as a preliminary resource to check a vessel's documentation status and determine its basic specifications. Simply enter the official number, hull number, or vessel name and an view your report right online. The service is completely free with no obligation, sign-up, or login requirements. This is a great starting point for more in-depth research which would involve gathering ownership, lien, and mortgage information.
Free Boat Manufacturer Search - Free database search lookup for manufacturers of all domestic and imported boats. Over 16,000 listings with complete builder and vessel details. Searchable by the Manufacturer's code (MIC), hull identification number, or builder's name. Includes historical and contact information with any alternate or associated builders or factories.
State Registration Summary - The internet's most comprehensive state-by-state listing of boat registration, titling, loan perfection, title research, and operational requirements. Includes every state in the nation along with U.S. territories and contact links to other resources. The summaries are presented in a "wiki" community bulletin board format where readers can share experiences in dealing with such agencies. It is absolutely free with no sign-up or login requirements.
Vessel Documentation Summary - A detailed listing of vessel, ownership, mortgage, and operational requirements for U.S. Coast Guard documented vessels. Includes information about USCG abstracts of title, recording methods, and documented vessel record searches. Additional information can be found in these resources and our "Guidelines" page. The summary is presented in a "wiki" or community bulletin board format where readers can share experiences in dealing with the National Vessel Documentation Center. It is absolutely free with no sign-up or login requirements.
Foreign Registry Summary - Information about requirements, mortgages, liens, and title search methods for foreign registered yachts. These overviews are intended to provide interested parties with basic or starting-point resources on how to go about researching titles and backgrounds in the most popular countries for offshore registrations. They are presented in a "wiki" or community bulletin board format where readers can share experiences in dealing with the National Vessel Documentation Center. They are absolutely free with no sign-up or login requirements.
Title Search Advisor - Answers to frequently asked questions about the various elements of a thorough and complete boat title search. Covers subjects such as how to properly identify a boat, finding ownership records, lien detection, and where to find historical or background information. This includes U.S. Coast Guard documented vessels, state registered boats, and yachts which are registered in foreign countries.
Transactions Advisor - Answers to questions about actions, events, escrows, and other transactions as they relate to boat title searches. What you should know about dealing with various parties to escrow transactions and what to look for before finalizing settlements. Such information will be of particular interest to buyers and marine lenders.
State Registration Advisor - Answers to frequently asked questions about state level boat titling and registration. Includes multiple references about liens and encumbrances are recorded and a section about how to go about researching titles and registrations in general. Includes general information about dealing with state and territorial agencies.
Boat Title Search Glossary - Contains a brief description of the terms most commonly used in our web site and within the marine industry in general. Learn how to apply various interpretations depending on the application or setting in which invoked. This should be used in particular as a reference in conjunction with our Resource and Guidelines pages.
Vessel Documentation Advisor - Answers to frequently asked questions about U.S. Coast Guard Vessel Documentation. Includes topics about applications, vessel requirements, preferred mortgages, abstracts of title, and documentation research in general. It also covers aspects of dealing with the National Vessel Documentation Center and should be referenced frequently by anyone conducting boat title searches.
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