Vessel Titling and Registrations

Derelict Vessels

In Florida, a vessel is considered derelict when it is left stored or abandoned in a wrecked, junked or demolished condition on public waters or private property without the consent of the property owner.

To request a derelict vessel title stop be placed on the title of a vessel in Florida, a law enforcement officer must submit a request in writing to DHSMV and include the vessel’s derelict status and the vessel title number or hull identification number. Vessel title stop requests may be submitted by email or FAX to:

Email: Derelict@flhsmv.gov

FAX: (850) 617-3946

To request that a derelict vessel title stop be removed, a law enforcement officer must submit a written statement that the vessel is no longer derelict and include the vessel’s title number or hull identification number. The request may be submitted via the email address or FAX number listed above.

For more information about at-risk and derelict vessels, please visit the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) at http://myfwc.com/boating/waterway/derelict-vessels/abandoned-vessels/.