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Old 02-08-2011, 10:45 AM
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I found a great boat that I want to buy but the seller doesn't have a title to the boat or the motor. The seller is in NC and states that the motor doesn't have to be titled there. He says he doesn't have the title to the boat but will sell on a bill of sale. What does it take to get this boat and motor titled in SC. I've been in a position like this before when I purchased a small jon boat from someone in a family that died. I never really tried to get a title to the boat because it was always used in a small pond (no motor). What can I do to get a title to this boat so I can use it?
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there is no reason he should have a non titled "hull" only way i for him to say its never been registered and used on a private lake, chec SCDNR - Boating registration and there is FAQs that will answer it all, if the hull is title all you have to do to get the SC title (hull and motor) is give them the bill of sale , old state title, picture or tracing of the hull id and motor serial # and you are good,,well pay the fees
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call your registration office and they will give you the low down. I just did the same thing for a boat I bought in Tennessee and took to FL. TN didnt title boats or motors, FL titles boats but not motors. I just got a notorized BIll of Sale from the TN owner and FL was happy with that and issued me a new FL title.
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Find a state where titles to boats aren't required to register the boat. Assuming you don't have it financed, get it registered in one of those states. Then take it to your state and get it titled.

Before any of this takes place, make sure that the original state's DMV knows of the boat and knows that it has no liens or otherwise against it.

Have the Seller write up the Bill of Sale and include his DL number and contact information in order to avoid the hint of a theft boat being sold.
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LA is a state that doesn't require titles and when you buy a boat from a state that does title boats and bring it back here, the title is just so much useless paper. A notorized bill of sale is what is required here.

I'd double check the state where the boat is registered and also make sure he has a current registration and you will want to have that registration paper(s) if you buy the boat. In a stae w/o boat ttitles, the reg should list any lien holders.
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NC did not require a title on boats until a few years ago (2007), and smaller boats still do not require them (under 14ft). It is not a big deal. Go to this link and it will tell you what you need to do.

http://www.ncwildlife.org/License/Vessel_HowTo.htm
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I recently bought a boat from the state of Delaware and although it did not have a tile (non titled state) my state ( NJ ) required a notarized bill of sale AND the Delaware registration card. The registration acts as proof of ownership for the previous owner.

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Try to get the numbers run through NCIC before any money changes hands. Some police departments will do this for you and some won't. There are lots of boats for sale with clean papers. If you aren't fully comfortable here, you should keep looking.

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I have bought from GA and AL, and transferred to FL. Those are both no title states, FL has boat titles. Need bill of sale and state registration, to transfer. Bill of sale alone is no good
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You could always have him register it in his state first.....
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Old 02-09-2011, 12:45 PM
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NC has a form you can fax to them with the hull ID. They will verify that the seller is the registered owner. Like another poster said, we have boat titles now, but some people might not have titled their boat yet. As long as he is the registered owner, you should be good with a bill of sale, just make sure it is notarized.
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Since no one answered your primary question (and I don't know), call a dealer in SC and ask who to call for specific information. I'm betting a notarized bill of sale that IDs both the boat and motor by number, and the last registration. Trailers in NC are through DMV and do have titles.

And, no, NC doesn't title motors. But they do tax 'em ...
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