How Do I Find Out Who Owns a Vessel?

If the vessel has been documented with the Coast Guard, then the answer to “how do I find out who owns a vessel” can be found by applying for an Abstract of Title. 

Use this form to apply for a USCG Abstract of Title

This Abstract of Title will include the managing owner of a documented vessel as well as the ownership history of a vessel and the status of any encumbrances/liens on the vessel. 

Another way to find the managing owner’s name and address is through a Certified Copy of a Certificate of Documentation. Anyone can use this link to obtain a Certified Copy of a United States Coast Guard Certificate of Documentation.

While it will not include ownership information, interested parties can use this link to conduct a Coast Guard documentation search at our site. 

This search provides information about the vessel such as its name, Hull Identification Number (HIN), Official Number (ON), service information (endorsement and more), tonnage information, build year, and other information. Additionally, this search includes when the vessel’s Certificate of Documentation was issued and when it will expire. 

If you have further questions about American vessel documentation, contact the Vessel Registrar Center at or (800) 535-8570 Monday-Friday, 8 AM to 4:30 PM.