Change Boat Ownership in Ontario or Easily Update Registration

change boat ownership in Ontario

You probably don’t think too much about your boating registration, do you? You got it when you first got your vessel and then didn’t have to do anything with it. That is, of course, until you have to update it or make some random change. Maybe you’re even selling the vessel. In such cases that you need to change boat ownership in Ontario, we will have the forms you need to get that done promptly and conveniently. 

Change Name, Port, or Address

Sometimes you will simply need to update small details on your registration, such as the name of the vessel or its port of registry. There is one form that will work for either one of these changes. All you need to do is provide the vessel’s official number, its current port of registry and its present name. Then you will simply have to state whether you want to change the port, the name, or both, and sign as the owner or representative of the vessel. If what you are changing is the address to which the boat is registered, you will need to use the application for change of address instead.

Adding an Owner

Sometimes, be it because of a marriage or a partnership, you will want to share the ownership of a vessel. If you, the owner of the vessel, are adding another proprietor to the registration, you will have to submit the transfer form to change boat ownership in Ontario. Yes, you are not exactly transferring the ownership as much as extending it, but you still have to make use of the same application regardless. Be sure to keep that in mind throughout the process so that you don’t mistakenly give away your own ownership during the application. Once you submit it, though, we can go over it to make sure that you didn’t make any such mistakes.

Transferring Ownership

Now, if what you are doing is selling or transferring full ownership of the vessel, then you will need to use the form to its full extent. You probably think that the sale alone is enough to make the new ownership official, but in reality, there needs to be an administrative process that ratifies this in the eyes of the government and the relevant boating agencies. The transfer of ownership should be carried out by the previous owner, so if you are the one selling your vessel, then this process is up to you. This form will be necessary to successfully change boat ownership in Ontario and to clear your name off the vessel’s registry.

Change Boat Ownership in Ontario

Regardless of how you need to change boat ownership in Ontario, be it an update or a transfer, we at the National Vessel Registry Center will have all the applications you will need to get your registration ready for implementation. All relevant forms are readily available on our website for you to fill out. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to reach out to us by calling +1 (800) 419-9569 or email us at