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Dec 14, 2023 - Boat registration, title and outboard motor records in South Carolina are maintained in a database administered by the Department of Natural Resources (DNR). Access to such information is available for the owner, qualified parties and general public. This summary will provide some insights on how to lookup boat registration or historical data and obtain record copies in South Carolina.

Online Access

South Carolina offers an online boat registration, title and outboard motor database lookup portal (WikiLinks) for the general public. Such records can be accessed by the registration number, hull number, motor serial number and motor title number. It provides basic information that may be of value to all interested parties, especially prospective buyers. The DNR also facilitates an online owner's portal for managing boat registrations, titles and renewals.

Telephone Access

The South Carolina DNR may confirm the presence of a boat hull or outboard motor 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 without a formal request. DNR contact information is available in WikiLinks.

Boat Record Request Form

A boat record request form (WikiLinks) designed for the general public is available from the South Carolina DNR. It can be used for obtaining boat or outboard 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 South Carolina with the records access information provided in this page. However, boat records are not maintained indefinitely.

Bulk Records

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

Nationwide System

South Carolina 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.


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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