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Introduction


Nov 24, 2023 - Boat registration and title records in Indiana are maintained in a database administered by the Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV). Boat and vehicle data are integrated into the same system as for vehicles. Indiana boat registration search lookups and record copies are made available to owners and certain qualified parties. The following information will provide some insights on how to go about obtaining boat title, registration and historical data in Indiana.

Online Access


 Online access to the Indiana boat title, registration and lien database (same as for vehicles) is provided by the BMV (see WikiLinks). However, it is only available to owners and certain qualified parties as specified by privacy laws (see WikiTags). It will also require the establishment of an account. Access to boat records is also available to owners through the online renewal portal (WikiLinks) which also requires an account.

Telephone Access


The Indiana BMV may confirm the presence of a boat hull identification number in the database system and verify a title or registration certificate in hand by telephone. However, it will not likely provide other detailed information. BMV contact information is available in WikiLinks.

Boat Record Request Form


Boat title, registration, lien and historical records in Indiana may be obtained by submitting a Record Request form (WikiLinks) (same as for vehicles) to the BMV. Such data is, however, only available to the owner and certain qualified parties (see WikiTags). In order to ensure compliance, therefore, an owner record release authorization form (WikiTags) may me attached. BMV contact information and an address is shown on the form.

Historical Records


Historical and archived boat registration records are available from the Indiana BMV 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 BMV (WikiLinks) in order to determine such limitations.

Bulk Records


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

Nationwide System


Indiana participates in 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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