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Nov 14, 2023 - Boat title and registration records in Delaware are maintained in a database administered by the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC), Division of Fish and Wildlife. Delaware boat registration search lookups and record copies in are made available to owners and certain authorized parties. The following information will provide some insights on how to go about obtaining boat registration data in the State of Delaware.

Online Access


Online access to boat database records in Delaware is available through the DNREC renewal portal (WikiLinks). Although intended for renewals, it also has a search lookup feature. Usage will, however, require the hull identification number, boat registration number and owner's name.

Telephone Access


The DNREC may confirm the presence of a boat hull identification number in the system or verify a registration certificate in hand by telephone. Although, it will not likely provide detailed information by phone. DNREC contact information is available in WikiLinks.

Boat Record Request Form


As an alternative to online and telephone access, an owner or qualified requester may use the Boat Record Request Form (WikiLinks) to obtain boat records in Delaware. A mailing address for the DNRC can be found in WikiLinks.

Historical Records


Historical and archived boat registration records are available from Delaware in conjunction with the records access information provided in this page. However, boat records are not maintained indefinitely in the database system so you will need to contact the DNRC (WikiLinks) in order to determine such limitations.

Bulk Records


Boat title and registration records in Delaware may be available as bulk downloads to certain qualified entities. Contact the DNRC (WikiTags) for more information.

Nationwide System


Delaware subscribes to the Vessel Identification System (WikiTags) which is administered by the U.S. Coast Guard. This is a nationwide database wherein most states contribute boat registration data in real-time. Access is only available, however, to law enforcement agencies and other governmental institutions. Anyone concerned about a boat that may have been stolen, abandoned, involved in an incident or is being utilized for illicit activities in state jurisdictional areas should contact a local enforcement agency or boat registration office.

Conclusion


The information provided herein has been obtained from various sources and is subject to change without notice. Any such concerns should be addressed with the respective government agency.


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