How to Find the Owner of a Boat

If you’re wondering exactly how to find the owner of a boat and the boat in question has been documented with the Coast Guard, then an Abstract of Title can help. Use this form to apply for An Abstract of Title

An 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 boat 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.