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Introduction


Dec 17, 2023 - Boat registration and title records in West Virginia are maintained in a database administered by the Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV). Access to such information is available for the owner, upon the owner's authorization and certain other qualified parties This summary will provide some insights on how to lookup boat registrations, titles or historical data and obtain record copies in West Virginia.

Online Access


West Virginia does not offer online services for boat registration or title search lookups from the DMV database. Registration, title and historical records are only available upon written request. There is no portal for owner access or online boat registration renewals.

Telephone Access


The West Virginia DMV may confirm the presence of a boat hull identification number in its 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. DMV contact information is available in WikiLinks.

Boat Record Request Form


Boat registration, title and historical data may be obtained from the West Virginia DMV upon submission of a boat records request form (WikiLinks). Although designed for vehicles, it can also be adapted for boats. Such records are however, only available to owners, owner authorized and certain qualified parties (WikiTags). Contact and mailing information for submission can be found on the form itself.

Historical Records


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

Bulk Records


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

Nationwide System


The State of West Virginia is one of the few states that do not participate 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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