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Feb 2, 2024 - Virginia boat registration and title records are maintained in a searchable database administered by the Department of Wildlife Resources (DWR). 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 Virginia.

Online Access

The Virginia Department of Wildlife Resources (DWR) boat registration database is available online to the general public and commercial business entities. This includes real time access online and various file downloads. The search results include a vessel and motor description, ownership information with addresses, purchase price when available, and registration details. It is however, only accessible by subscription and comes with some hefty fees. The database subscription page can be found in WikiLinks.

The DWR also provides an owner portal (WikiLinks) for renewals, registration information and certificates. However, this requires establishment of a login account.

Telephone Access

The Virginia DWR 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. DWR contact information is available in WikiLinks.

Boat Record Request

The Virginia DWR provides a special mail-in form for obtaining boat owner information (WikiTags). A boat record request form (WikiTags) for obtaining record copies and historical data is also available for mail submission. See WikiLinks for DWR mailing information.

Historical Records

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

Bulk Records

Bulk boat registration records in Virginia are available for downloading. See the above online access information for more details.

Nationwide System

Virginia 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.


he 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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