Virginia Uniform Certificate of Title for Watercraft Act; adoption of Act, technical amendments. (SB1117)

Introduced By

Sen. Frank Wagner (R-Virginia Beach)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Watercraft titling certificates; adoption of uniform act; penalty. Repeals Virginia's existing watercraft titling law and enacts in its place the Uniform Certificate of Title for Vessels Act as adopted in 2011 by the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws. The new act uses the term "watercraft" instead of "vessels" where appropriate to conform to Virginia law. The bill requires the owner of every watercraft of a particular size and type to apply for and obtain a certificate of title, lowering the minimum boat length for which a title is required from 18 feet to 16 feet. The bill also details the methods of creation or cancellation of certificates by the Department of Game and Inland Fisheries and describes the contents and effects of a certificate, including the availability of a title brand, a permanent designation indicating that a watercraft's hull has been damaged. The bill applies some of the principles of the Uniform Commercial Code to the realm of watercraft by defining the rights of secured parties and purchasers other than secured parties and providing the method for perfecting a security interest. Finally, the bill also establishes the rules for transferring ownership of a watercraft by a transfer statement or by operation of law, sets out the means of acquiring title to an abandoned watercraft, states the duties of the Department, and provides several general provisions. The bill also makes technical amendments. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/09/2013Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/09/13 13100835D
01/09/2013Referred to Committee on Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources
01/24/2013Reported from Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources (13-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/28/2013Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/29/2013Read second time and engrossed
01/30/2013Read third time and passed Senate (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/02/2013Placed on Calendar
02/02/2013Read first time
02/02/2013Referred to Committee on Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources
02/06/2013Assigned ACNRsub: Natural Resources
02/12/2013Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendment(s) (6-Y 1-N)
02/13/2013Reported from Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources with amendments (22-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/14/2013Read second time
02/15/2013Read third time
02/15/2013Committee amendments agreed to
02/15/2013Engrossed by House as amended SB1117
02/15/2013Passed House with amendments (93-Y 6-N)
02/15/2013VOTE: PASSAGE (93-Y 6-N) (see vote tally)
02/19/2013House amendments agreed to by Senate (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/21/2013Impact statement from DPB (SB1117)
02/22/2013Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB1117ER)
02/22/2013Impact statement from DPB (SB1117ER)
02/22/2013Signed by Speaker
02/23/2013Signed by President
03/25/2013Governor's recommendation received by Senate
04/02/2013Placed on Calendar
04/03/2013G Approved by Governor-Chapter 787 (effective 7/1/14)
04/03/2013Senate concurred in Governor's recommendation (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
04/03/2013House concurred in Governor's recommendation (97-Y 2-N)
04/03/2013VOTE: ADOPTION (97-Y 2-N) (see vote tally)
04/03/2013G Governor's recommendation adopted
04/03/2013Reenrolled bill text (SB1117ER2)
04/03/2013Signed by President as reenrolled
04/03/2013Signed by Speaker as reenrolled
04/03/2013Enacted, Chapter 787 (effective 7/1/14)
04/03/2013G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0787)


This bill was discussed on the floor of the General Assembly. Below is all of the video that we have of that discussion, 3 clips in all, totaling 2 minutes.