Boat/Trailer Liens (Under $1500 and over $1500)

Liens can also be processed for vessels which includes boats, jet ski and others water crafts. With this type of liens there are two options vessels valued under $1500 and vessels valued over $1500. In order to process a lien on a boat valued under $1500

you must obtain a fair market value statement from a licensed yacht and ship broker and it must be submitted when applying for the lien sale. Note the cost for the fair market value statement may vary.


For a vessel lien valued over $1500 the application is submitted to DMV.  The DMV have to authorize the lien in order to finalize the process. Also similar to the vehicles valued over $4000 the vessels sale must be published in a newspaper that is distributed in the county where the vessel is being auctioned.

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Contact Us

Middleman Liens

PO Box 675

Pacifica, CA



Tel: (650)557-0500

Email: [email protected]

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The vessel registration number (CF number) issued by the department must be displayed as follows:

Painted on or permanently attached to each side of the forward half of the vessel.

Be in plain vertical block characters of not less than three inches in height.

Be arranged so that it it reads from left to right.

Contrast with the color of the background so that it is distinctly visible and legible.

Have spaces or hyphens that are equal to the width of a letter other than "I" or a number other than "1" between the prefix and the number, and the number and the suffix. See the example below.

Example: CF 1234 AB

Under $1500 treated like a short lien (30 day)


Over $1500 treated like a long lien (2 part with newspaper ad)


Must include CF number and trailer to proccess lien

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