15A NCAC 10F .0102       APPLICATION FOR CERTIFICATE OF VESSEL NUMBER

(a)  General.  Every owner applying for a certificate of number or certificate of title of a vessel required to be numbered pursuant to G.S. 75A-4 and 75A-7 or required to be titled pursuant to G.S. 75A-34 and 75A-35 shall apply to the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission or to one of its Wildlife Service Agents for a certificate of number or certificate of title using an application provided by the Wildlife Resources Commission.  The application shall contain the following information:

(1)           name of owner(s);

(2)           address, telephone number, date of birth, and North Carolina driver license number of owner(s);

(3)           present or previous certificate of number (if any);

(4)           desired period of certificate of number (one or three years);

(5)           primary use of vessel (pleasure, livery, demonstration, commercial passenger, commercial fishing, other commercial, other);

(6)           model of vessel (if known);

(7)           manufacturer (if known);

(8)           year of manufacture or model year (if known);

(9)           manufacturer's hull identification number (if any);

(10)         overall length of vessel in feet and inches;

(11)         type of vessel (open, cabin, houseboat, personal watercraft, pontoon, other);

(12)         hull material (wood, metal, fiberglass, inflatable, plastic, other);

(13)         type of propulsion (inboard; outboard; inboard-outdrive; jet drive; sail; auxiliary sail/inboard; auxiliary sail/outboard, other);

(14)         type of fuel (gasoline, diesel, electric, other);

(15)         proof of ownership document;

(16)         signature of owner(s);

(17)         make of motor (if over 25 horsepower), serial number, purchase price of motor;

(18)         lien holder name, address, and telephone number;

(19)         effective lien date;

(20)         county where vessel is taxed; and

(21)         status of United States Coast Guard documentation.

(b)  Application for certificate of number and certificate of title.  The owner(s) shall complete and submit an application for a certificate of number, along with the proof of ownership document and applicable fees to the Wildlife Resources Commission or one of its authorized agents for processing within 15 days of the date of sale.  A new certificate of number shall be issued for new or never before registered vessels.  For a period of 60 days following the date of sale, the new owner may use a copy of the proof of ownership document, provided it contains the date of sale, as a temporary certificate of number pending receipt of the original certificate.  If the vessel is 14 feet or longer or is a personal watercraft, then a Certificate of Title for Vessel shall be issued, including recordation of any liens listed on the application.

(c)  Livery Vessel Owners.  A "livery vessel" is one that is rented or leased to an individual for a specific time period by the owners(s).  The certificate of numbering and certificate of titling requirements of G.S. 75A-4, 75A-7, 75A-34, and 75A-35 apply to livery vessels. Upon receipt of a completed application, a copy of the lease or rental agreement form and fee, the Wildlife Resources Commission shall issue to the applicant a certificate of number and, if applicable according to the standards in Paragraph (b) of this Rule, a certificate of title.

(d)  Dealers and Manufacturers of Vessels.  A "manufacturer" as the term is used in this Rule is defined as a person, firm, or corporation engaged in the business of manufacturing vessels either upon prior commission or for the purpose of selling them after manufacture.  A "dealer" as the term is used in this Rule is defined as a person, firm, or corporation engaged in the business of offering vessels for sale at retail or wholesale from an established location(s).  The certificate of numbering requirements of G.S. 75A-4 and 75A-7 apply to vessels belonging to dealers and manufacturers. Upon receipt of a completed application and fee, the Wildlife Resources Commission shall issue to the applicant a certificate of number that may be used in connection with the operation of any vessel in the possession of the dealer or manufacturer when the vessel is being demonstrated.  Dealer and manufacturer certificate of numbers shall not be transferred. A new certificate of number shall be issued upon transfer.  Demonstration vessels shall not be titled so long as the vessel is owned by the dealer or manufacturer.  Vessels owned or possessed by dealers or manufacturers for personal use or for any use other than for demonstration and testing purposes shall be individually registered in the name of the dealer or manufacturer in accordance with Paragraph (a) of this Rule.  Additional dealer's or manufacturer's certificates of number may be obtained by making application in the same manner as prescribed for the initial certificate with payment of an additional fee for each additional certificate.  Dealers and manufacturers may register individual vessels in accordance with Rule .0104(a) of this Section.

(e)  Government Agency Vessels.  The certificate of numbering requirements of G.S. 75A-4 and 75A-7 apply to vessels belonging to state or local government agencies.  Upon receipt of a completed application from a state or local government agency, the Wildlife Resources Commission shall issue to the applicant a permanent certificate of number. There is no fee for a permanent state or local government agency certificate of number and the certificate is valid until the vessel is transferred to another government agency, an individual, business, or dealer.  Government agency registered vessels shall not be titled.

(f)  Commercial Fishing Vessel.  The certificate of numbering and certificate of titling requirements of G.S. 75A-4, 75A-7, 75A-34, and 75A-35 apply to commercial fishing vessels.  The standard application for a certificate of number shall be used for commercial fishing vessels with the term "commercial fishing" marked in the section designated for "primary use."  Upon receipt of a completed application, proof of ownership document, and fee, as provided for in G.S. 75A-3 and 75A-5,the Wildlife Resources Commission shall issue to the applicant a certificate of number and, if applicable according to the standards in Paragraph (b) of this Rule, a certificate of title.

(g)  Commercial Passenger Vessel.  The certificate of numbering requirements of G.S. 75A-4, 75A-7, 75A-34, and 75A-35 apply to commercial passenger vessels.  Upon receipt of a completed application, proof of ownership document, and fee, the Wildlife Resources Commission shall issue to the applicant a certificate of number and, if applicable according to the standards in Paragraph (b) of this Rule, a certificate of title.

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 75A-3; 75A-5; 75A-7; 75A-19; 75A-34; 75A-35; 33 C.F.R. 174.17;

Eff. February 1, 1976;

Amended Eff. August 31, 1980;

Legislative Objection Lodged Eff. December 16, 1980;

Amended Eff. July 1, 1988 at ARRC request to cure referenced Legislative Objection;

Amended Eff. August 1, 2014; May 1, 2007; July 1, 1998; April 1, 1997; November 1, 1993; August 1, 1988; July 1, 1988.