How Do I Find the Owner of a Documented Vessel Remotely?

To find the owner of a documented vessel, apply for an Abstract of Title. Use this link to apply for an Abstract of Title. This Abstract will also include the vessel’s chain of ownership as well as a full account of any liens/encumbrances against the vessel. 

Another way to find the owner of a USCG Documented Vessel: by requesting a Certified Copy of the Certificate of Documentation. This includes the Managing Owner’s name, address, and other information. 

Use this link to apply for a Certified Copy of Vessel Documentation

While it will not include ownership information, if you have a vessel’s Hull Identification Number (HIN) and/or Official Number, then you can use our site to conduct a USCG official number lookup.

This search will provide you with vessel information such as the vessel’s name, its flag, Official Number, and Hull Identification Number. 

Vessel Particulars in the search results consist of the vessel’s length, breadth, depth, the year it was built, and its service/endorsement. 

Service Information such as the vessel’s status and its Tonnage Information are also included. 

Vessel Documents and Certifications states when the vessel’s most recent Certificate of Documentation was issued as well as its current expiration date. 

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.