Two Different Ways of Registering a Used Boat in Ontario

registering a used boat in Ontario

Boat ownership isn’t as simple as we all wish it was, which is why it’s important to understand the administrative processes that come with it. This will be particularly important if you are dealing with a used boat, for these will come with their own registration nuances that need to be properly addressed. Let’s go over everything you should know if you are registering a used boat in Ontario so that you don’t have to worry about making any mistakes.

Registering a Used Boat in Ontario

When it comes to registering your boat with Transport Canada, it’s important to remember that the current status of the boat’s registration needs to be considered accordingly. What does this mean? Well, it means that you can’t go through the process for initial registration if the boat is already registered with Transport Canada. This is something that a lot of people buying used boats have to deal with, which is why we’ve gathered a few key pointers that you should keep in mind if you are buying a used boat here in Ontario.

registering a used boat in Ontario

Transferring Registration

When you are buying a used boat directly from someone else, odds are that person has the boat registered with Transport Canada. Part of the buying process will involve that owner submitting the necessary paperwork to back up the sale in terms of legal ownership and registration. The sale itself, after all, is not enough for the boat to be legally the new owner’s. There needs to be a transfer of the boat’s ownership in order to properly register them as the official owner of the boat in question. So, if you are in the process of purchasing a used boat from someone here in Ontario, make sure that they’re transferring the registration accordingly.

In Cases of Deleted Registration

However, there are going to be situations in which the boat in question is, in fact, used, but it is not currently registered with Transport Canada. This might happen because of a variety of different reasons. You might be, for example, purchasing a boat that was previously registered in a different country, in which case you will have to get initial registration for it rather than a transfer. In other situations, you might also run into boats that were at some point registered with Transport Canada but have had their registration deleted for one reason or another. In cases such as these, you might end up having to either reinstate the registration or register it from scratch, depending on the specifics of the situation.

Find Every Form You Might Need

We understand that no one likes having to file paperwork, which is why we’ve made an effort to make it easier for everyone. Here on our website, you will be able to find all the forms you might need as part of the registration process for your convenience. And not only will you be able to fill them out here, but you can also submit them. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to reach out to us by calling +1 (800) 419-9569 or email us at