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What is the difference in "OR" versus "AND" between co-owners?
The conjunctions "OR" and "AND" determine who is required to sign the title when a boat is sold or a duplicate title is needed. If "OR", either of the co-owners can sign independently and without the other's knowledge. If "AND", both co-owners must sign. Regardless of the conjunction used, both owners are equal owners of the boat.
Does the title have to be notarized?
No; even if there is a place on the title for notarization, it is no longer required.
Will my hull identification number have to be verified?
No, provided the 12-digit hull identification number is listed on the title or other proof of ownership. In some rare circumstances, a pencil tracing may be required as proof or to further substantiate the hull identification number.
If I am unable to come in can I give someone the authority to sign on my behalf?
Yes; you can complete a Limited Power of Attorney Form and appoint someone to sign title-related documents on your behalf, provided they have their valid (unexpired) state-issued license/ID or valid (unexpired) passport with them.
The form is boat-specific; therefore, multiple boats would require their own form.
Please note that this is not the same type of Power of Attorney that is prepared by a lawyer; however a General or Durable Power of Attorney may also be accepted upon approval by our office.
You must present our office with the original Limited Power of Attorney Form. If using a General or Durable Power of Attorney, you may submit a photocopy in lieu of the original.
Note: If the General or Durable Power of Attorney was issued on or after 10/01/2011, it must also include two witness' signatures, the principal's signature and notarization (or a perjury clause if not notarized). If it does not have all of these components, it cannot be accepted.
Any Power of Attorney submitted must be accompanied by a legible photocopy of the applicant's valid (unexpired) state-issued license/ID or valid (unexpired) passport.