So, You Bought a Boat Without Title, Here’s What You Can Do About This

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If you’ve bought a boat without title, be it from a previous owner or straight from a manufacturer or retailer, you will have to get registration for it for the first time. Here’s everything you need to know about this overall process.

What If You Bought a Boat Without Title?

So, if you buy a boat secondhand from a prior owner, then they will be able to transfer it to you through Transport Canada. However, when you’ve bought a boat without title, you will have to go through the process of getting one for it. We know that paperwork can be quite annoying and inconvenient but it doesn’t really have to be when you can count on our help. Here at the National Vessel Registry Center, we are here to help you with your vessel documentation.

First, Make Sure There is No Title

So, the first thing you should do is make sure that there is no title attached to the boat in question. In fact, you should probably do that before even carrying out the purchase in order to avoid potential scams. When registered with the Canadian Registry of Vessels, all boats are given a unique number that follows them across different ownerships. This is the number that has, by law, to be displayed on the hull of the boat, which is why you can easily check whether or not the boat already has a title with Transport Canada by using the query system on their website. If you find that it doesn’t, in fact, have an existent title, then you will have to go through the process to get it for it.

Now, Register the Boat Yourself

So, if you actually bought a boat without title, now is your chance to get one for it. This process is very straightforward, so don’t worry about it being that complicated. It doesn’t have to be that difficult, but it does require some care and attention to detail. We are here to make sure that you are able to apply for registration easily and without issue. Here on our website, you will be able to find the registration form, which you can fill out and submit through the platform as well. You can even pay for the application fee while submitting it through here. If you have any issues or questions at some point, you can reach out to us for help. That’s what we are here for.

Register Your Boat with Transport Canada

The National Vessel Documentation Center is your one-stop shop for all your vessel documentation needs here in Canada. Whether you need to register a commercial vessel, licence a pleasure craft, or update existing documents, you will find all the corresponding forms and applications here on our site, as well as a platform with which to submit them to Transport Canada. Should you need help with this at any point, don’t hesitate to reach out to us by way of our contact hub. Our team is ready to assist you with anything you might need.

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