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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 09-26-2015, 11:48 PM Thread Starter
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Boat registration question

I found a boat I want to purchase but seller doesn't have the registration card ..can I use the hull# to get it registered?
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Re: Boat registration question

no, because the registration card must be signed on the back by the seller. If that number is registered to the seller, he can apply for a duplicate. if he never transferred it then you'd have to track down who ever it was last registered to. Could get real messy. The registration card MUST be onboard when the boat is being used

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Re: Boat registration question

Registration cannot be used at all. You have to have the title for the boat and if it has a trailer you need that one also. It can be a long and painful process it took me 6 months to finally get both of mine registered. the other pain is you have to title and register the boat with PA Fish and boat so you need an invoice for just the boat on it. You register and title the trailer with the PA DMV so you need a separate invoice with only the trailer price on it.

As for taxes make individual deals for equipment so you don't pay taxes on it. I had 3 invoices when I bought my boat for taxes. Dmv will collect tax on trailer price. Pa fish and boat will collect on the boat and only the boat. As for equipment you pay no taxes on if out of state or if buying from an individual.. Equipment are things that are not permanently attached to the boat.
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Re: Boat registration question

What size boat is it? And does the boat have a state registration number?
Prior to 1990 Pa did not issue titles for boats.
Have the seller either get you the certificate of origin or title as a condition of sale.
Just having a bill of sale or receipt will be more hassle then it's worth.
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Re: Boat registration question

What Birch said is correct. No titles prior to 1990. BUT there was always a registration card ( owners card). That card must be present and signed on the back in front of a boat notary to do a legal transfer. On the older boats, during a transfer, the new owner will be given the option of having a title made for it, but it is not mandatory.
Like Birch said in his last sentence, if the registration card is not in hand, it can get real messy to get it transferred. Since the number on the boat stays with the boat, if you do some kind of deal without proper transfer, the person holding the registration card can claim the boat to be stolen, and then you're in trouble for receiving stolen goods. Bottom line is : No registration card, stay away from the deal.

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Re: Boat registration question

The boat is 17 ft lowe big jon ..so I'm guessing going be to much pain
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Thanks for all the info guys
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http://fishandboat.com/images/pages/forms/pfbc734.pdf
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Re: Boat registration question

I have a similar question. If the current owner does not have a title but it's older than 1997 it would appear I do not need one to buy it or need to title it agtwrward. Is that correct? Can I then register it without the title?
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Re: Boat registration question

That's correct, but the current owner MUST have a registration card. That card must be presented to the notary and he must sign off on it on the back side of the card. You will be given the opportunity to have a title issued or just get a registration card

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