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Introduction


Dec 3, 2023 - Boat registration and title records in Maryland are maintained in a database administered by the Department of Natural Resources (DNR). Searchable access to such data is made available for owners and certain qualified parties. This summary will provide some insights on how to obtain current and historical boat registration or title information in the State of Maryland.

Online Access


The  Maryland DNR does not provide online access to its boat registration database for the general public. However it does offer a boat registration renewal portal (WikiLinks) for owners.

Telephone Access


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

Boat Record Request Form


Boat registration, title and historical data in the Maryland may be obtained by submitting the record request form shown in WikiTags). Such access is limited to owners and certain qualified parties as so stated on the form. An owner's records release authorization (WikiTags) may, therefore, need to accompany the request. See WikiTags for more information about privacy restrictions. The form contains contact information to where it should be submitted.

Historical Records


Historical and archived boat registration or title  records are available from the Maryland DNR in conjunction with the records access information provided in this page. However, boat records are not maintained indefinitely.

Bulk Records


Boat registration records in the Maryland may be available as bulk downloads to certain qualified entities. Contact the DNR (WikiLinks) for more information.

Nationwide System


The State of Maryland 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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