Originally Posted by Chief Engineer
Is thre such a site?
The numbers on the hull
For boats registered in Texas
, you can use a TPWD webpage to interrogate the state registration
database and view most of the information about a boat or outboard motor
Using the search requires that you provide your own name and address, and input the boat's registration number (TX 0000 AA) or serial
(HIN) number or O/B S/N (I think you can search on owner name too).
I would think that all states would have the same, although this TPWD webpage isn't easy to find.
The website is here: https://apps.tpwd.state.tx.us/tora/jump.jsf
You can also obtain a vessel's ownership history
back 10 years, but that requires a paper form sent in and a fee.
It is handy when you're looking on craiglist or whatever that has pictures showing those numbers and you need additional information (or wish to do some due diligence/verification)
" Boat and outboard motor ownership
information is, by law, public information. This information is available online through the Request Ownership Information link on this website. You can search by either a TX number or serial
number. This service
is available at no cost and you will be required to enter a valid name and address prior to being provided with the information.
You can obtain the make, length, expiration date, and confirmation of title or lien by calling 1-800-262-8755 or (512) 389-4828.
If you need owner or lien holder name and address, and do not have either the TX number or serial number, you can submit: Form PWD 763 media download(PDF 263.5 KB) to Texas
Parks & Wildlife Headquarters in Austin, a Texas Parks & Wildlife Law Enforcement field office or a participating County Tax Assessor-Collector office. "
You get a full "Vessel Description", "Owner Information"
, and "Lienholder Information" .