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Apr 24, 2024 - Wisconsin boat registration and title records are maintained in a searchable database administered by the Department of Natural Resources (DNR). Access to such data is available for owners and the general public. The following guidelines will provide some insights on how to lookup boat registration, title information snf obtain current and historical records in the State of Wisconsin.

Online Access


Online access to Wisconsin boat registration and title records is only available to owners. This will require the establishment of a login account (WikiLinks). Owners may register a boat, lookup their information or renew a registration through the portal.

Telephone Access


The Wisconsin DNR will provide boat registration details along with ownership and lien information over the telephone. This service is available to owners and the general public. However, such inquiry must be presented as an "open records request".  DNR contact information is available in WikiLinks.

Boat Record Request


Boat registration record printouts are obtainable from the Wisconsin DNR by submitting a written request request form. These are available to owners and the general public. However, it must be presented as a "open records request". A generic boat record request form and DNR contact information can be found in WikiLinks.

Historical Records


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

Bulk Records


Wisconsin boat registration records in bulk may be available to certain commercial enterprises. Contact the Department of Natural Resources (WikiTags) for more information in this regard.

Nationwide System


Wisconsin 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.


Credits and References

 Apr 24, 2024 - Page revised.
Feb 24, 2023 - Page revised.
Sept 18, 2022 - Response from DNR regarding boat records access.




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