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Introduction


Dec 13, 2023 - Boat registration and title records in Pennsylvania are maintained in a database administered by the Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC). Access to such information is available for the owner, qualified parties and general public. This summary will provide some insights on how to lookup or request boat registration, title and historical records in the State of Pennsylvania.

Online Access


Pennsylvania does not afford the general public with online access to boat registration and title lookups or record copies. However, the PFBC does offer an owner portal (WikiLinks) which provides full access for boat registrations, renewals, statistics and historical data. An owner must first establish an online account in order to utilize the service.

Telephone Access


The Pennsylvania PFBC 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 further details. PFBC contact information is available in WikiLinks.

Boat Record Request Form


Pennsylvania boat registration, title and historical records may be obtained upon submission of a records request form (WikiLinks) to the PFBC. Contact and mailing information can be found on the form itself.

Historical Records


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

Bulk Records


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

Nationwide System


The State of Pennsylvania 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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