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Introduction


Dec 14, 2023 - Boat registration and title records in Rhode Island are maintained in a database administered by the Department of Environmental Management (DEM). 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 and historical records in Rhode Island.

Online Access


Rhode Island does not provide online access to its boat registration database for the general public. Boat owners may, however, log into the system by establishing an online account. This will allow for initial boat registrations, lookups and renewals.

Telephone Access


The Rhode Island DEM may confirm the presence of a boat hull identification number in the database system and verify a registration certificate in hand by telephone. However, it will not likely provide further details without a formal request. DEM contact information is available in WikiLinks.

Boat Record Request Form


A request form(WikiLinks) is available from the Rhode Island DEM for use by the general public. This can be used for obtaining boat registration, title and historical printouts. Contact and mailing information is shown on the form itself.

Historical Records


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

Bulk Records


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

Nationwide System


Rhode Island 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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Dec 14, 2023 - Page revised.





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