To obtain a duplicate title please submit the following. All title only transactions must be completed by mail or in person at our WRC Headquarters in Raleigh.
To sell a titled vessel when the title has been lost you must give the purchaser the following:
If you are selling your vessel out of state you will need to obtain a duplicate title as no other state will recognize our Seller’s Statement of Lost Title Form.
To properly register and title a vessel in North Carolina that is registered and titled in your name in another state you will need to submit the following:
To properly register and title a vessel that is registered but not titled in your name in another state you will need to submit the following:
Vessels can be registered for a period of 1 or 3 years and any vessel 14ft in length or greater or a personal watercraft (i.e. jet ski) is required to be titled. You may register and title your vessel online at GoOutdoorsNorthCarolina.com, by mail, or in person at at a local Wildlife Service Agent.
U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) documented vessels that have been in North Carolina for more than 90 consecutive days, must be registered in the state. However, federal law restricts states from issuing titles for documented vessels since the USCG issues a Certificate of Documentation (COD) to owners of documented vessels which supersede a state title. To register your documented vessel you will need to submit the following:
USCG Documented vessels can be registered for a period of 1 or 3 years but should only be titled if USCG Documentation is canceled. You may register your vessel online at GoOutDoorsNorthCarolina.com, by mail or in person at a local Wildlife Service Agent.
If you have purchased a U.S. Coast Guard documented vessel, please follow the link listed below for additional instructions.
A vessel Documented with the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) is required to be registered in North Carolina to operate on public waters. However, federal law restricts states from issuing titles for documented vessels since the USCG issues a Certificate of Documentation (COD) to owners of documented vessels which supersede a state title. If you have purchased a USCG documented vessel you will need to submit the following:
If you choose not to document the vessel with the US Coast Guard
If you choose to Document your vessel with the US Coast Guard
The seller of a vessel must provide the purchaser with a "proof of ownership" document at the time of sale. The purchaser cannot get a vessel registered in his/her name without submitting the proper "proof of ownership" documentation.
Previously Owned Vessel
To properly add a lien to your vessel record you will need to submit the following. These transactions can only be processed by mail or in person at the WRC Headquarters in Raleigh.
Adding a lien to a titled vessel
Adding a lien to a non-titled vessel
Vessel Registration & Titling RequirementsApplication Requirements:
Vessel Registration & Titling Requirements
Proof of Ownership Requirements:
If you have any questions regarding required proof of ownership, including taking ownership of an abandoned vessel or purchasing a vessel that has been sold to satisfy a service and storage lien, please contact our customer service call center at (833) 950-0575.
What is a Hull Identification Number (HIN):
The Hull Identification Number (HIN) is a 12 character serial number that uniquely identifies a vessel and is formatted according to US Coast Guard standards. The HIN is similar to a VIN on a car. Vessels manufactured or imported before 1973 are EXEMPT because they often do not have a HIN. All vessels manufactured or imported after 1972, must have a HIN, and this HIN must be identified during the vessel registration process. HIN numbers are typically located.
What are USCG Documented Vessels:
If you have changed your name and need to update your vessel record, submit the following. These transactions can only be processed by mail or in person at the WRC Headquarters in Raleigh.
Updating a titled vessel
Updating a non-titled vessel
The North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission is legally responsible for Vessel Registration in North Carolina. Vessel Registration is a system of record-keeping and identification for all motorized vessels and large sailboats operated on North Carolina public waters. Registration helps the Commission's Enforcement Division protect vessel owners against theft and against irresponsible actions by other vessel operators.
All motorized vessels used on public waters including vessels which use an electric trolling motor must be registered. This requirement also includes jet skis.
All US Coast Guard Documented Vessels operating in North Carolina for over 90 consecutive days must be registered.
All sailboats used on public waters must be registered if longer than 14 feet at the load waterline.
If a vessel registered in another state is brought in to North Carolina for over 90 consecutive days, the registration must be transferred to North Carolina. Active duty military, temporarily stationed in North Carolina, who have a valid out of state registration for their vessel are exempt from this requirement.
All titled vessels must be registered.
Cost varies depending on the size of the vessel and the services requested. Refer to the VL-1 Form for a list of vessel registration and titling fees.
Vessels can be registered for a period of 1 or 3 years and any vessel 14ft in length or greater or a personal watercraft (i.e. jet ski) is required to be titled. You may register and title your vessel online at gooutdoorsnorthcarolina.com, by mail, or in person at a local wildlifeWildlife Service Agent.
Complete the VL-1 Form (Registration & Titling Application) and mail to NCWRC along with the appropriate fee.
Yes, however you must comply with the procedures outlined in the Taking Ownership of an Abandoned Vessel document.
If your vessel is titled, you must provide the buyer with the Certificate of Title, signed and notarized by all owners listed on the title.
If your vessel is not titled, you must provide the buyer with a Bill of Sale, signed and notarized by all owners listed on the registration.
The buyer cannot register the vessel without one of these notarized documents.
You need to notify NCWRC in writing as soon as possible to ensure your vessel record reflects a “sold”, "out of state", or "junked" status. This step is important because it will show you are no longer the registered owner or that you no longer live in North Carolina .
You may notify our office using one of the below methods. It is important to include the following information on your request: