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Introduction


Feb 24, 2024 - Texas boat registration, title and outboard motor records are maintained in a searchable database administered by the  Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD). Access to such data is available for owners, qualified parties and the general public. The following guidelines will provide some insights on how to lookup boat registration information and obtain current or historical records in the State of Texas.

Online Access


The Texas TPWD offers an online boat and motor registration database search portal (WikiTags) which is available to the general public. It is one of the few state level resources that openly provides ownership information and is updated daily. However, you will need to provide some basic requestor information to acknowledge that your usage is for a legitimate purpose. It can be searched by a boat registration number, hull number, outboard motor registration number, or serial number. Results include the current owner and lienholder names, addresses boat, and/or outboard motor description.

Telephone Access


The Texas TPWD may confirm the presence of a hull identification number in their system and verify a title or registration certificate in hand by telephone. However, it will not likely provide any further details, especially as related to ownership data. TPWD contact information is available in WikiLinks.

Boat Record Request


Texas boat and outboard motor registration, title and historical records may be obtained from the TPWD by submitting a request form (WikiLinks). This will provide ownership, lienholder, boat or outboard motor specifications, and historical data. Fees and submission information are shown on the form itself.

Historical Records


Historical or archived boat registration records are available from the TPWD by submitting a boat record request form (WikiTags). Such data is not, however, maintained indefinitely.

Bulk Records


Texas boat registration records in bulk may be available to certain commercial enterprises. Contact the Parks and Wildlife Department (WikiTags) for more information in this regard.

Nationwide System


Texas subscribes to 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 may be subject to change without notice. Any such concerns should be addressed directly with the respective government agency.


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