How do I find the history of a boat?

To find the history of the boat the easy way, use Boat History Report.  You will need one of the following: HIN (Hull Identification Number), State Registration Number, or the USCG Documentation Number.  Once you have that you can use it to easily run a history search at  Boat History Report has been in business since 2005 and is the only company that works with every state, law enforcement, the US Coast Guard, insurance companies, marine surveyors, auctions, and special investigators to ensure our data is the most expansive in the industry and as accurate as possible.  We have amassed over 120 million records, including over 1.4 million significant negative events. Did you know that 1 in every 17 used boats has a significant negative event in their history?  Boat History Report does!

There are other companies out there that offer a cheaper product and claim to check “X” number of databases, and work with NMVTIS.  However, from the NMVTIS website itself, NMVTIS only includes information on automobiles, buses, trucks, motorcycles, recreational vehicles, motor homes, and tractors. No boats. Additionally, if Boat History Report were to list the individual number of agencies we work with, it would be well over 750 individual agencies.  These other companies do a fantastic job at aggregating free data that anyone can access – at no cost.  Only Boat History Report works with every state to purchase data as an approved vendor of the state.  When a service is offered at a lesser rate, there is usually a reason for it.  


Boat History Report began with a mission to be the leading provider of watercraft history information for buyers and sellers of used boats. With all of the risks involved in buying a used watercraft, Boat History Report aims to make the used watercraft transaction process as safe and hassle free as possible. By accessing our extensive nationwide databases through reports from, buyers and sellers of used boats can be assured that their boat has a clean history.
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