Transfer vessel registration

How to transfer registration when you buy, sell, inherit or dispose of a boat, personal watercraft or other vessel in NSW.

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Your responsibilities

Are you buying, selling, or giving away a registered boat or other vessel in NSW? If so, you need to make sure the vessel registration is transferred to the new owner.

Both buyer and seller are responsible for the registration transfer.  

There are penalties for failing to transfer registration when you transfer a vessel.

Check before buying a second-hand vessel

Selling or giving away a registered vessel

You’re responsible for a registered vessel until the registration transfer is complete. This includes any fines or other issues with the vessel.

Follow these steps to transfer registration.

  1. Get the vessel's registration certificate.
  2. Complete and sign the Registered Owner section of the vessel's registration certificate and give it to the buyer.
  3. Retain copies of all sale documents (bills of sale, receipts, consignment note (PDF, 830.57 KB)) and get the buyer to show you proof of identity. This may be useful if the buyer doesn’t register the vessel. As a seller, you won't be removed from the vessel's record until the buyer registers it.
  4. Complete the Notice of Disposal section of the registration certificate and return it to us within 14 days of the sale. There's no charge for this. Lodging a Notice of Disposal helps you avoid unnecessary fines. You can submit a Notice of Disposal online, in person at a service centre or by posting it to:

    Agency Business Centre
    Transport for NSW (Maritime)
    PO Box 21
    Parkes NSW 2870

Remember, you're responsible for fines, costs, and other compliance notices until the new vessel owner transfers registration into their name. Lodging a Notice of Disposal can help identify the new owner.

Transferring after death

See Transfer a vessel registration due to the death of the registered operator.

Getting or buying a vessel

When you buy or receive a registered vessel, you’re responsible for making sure the registration is transferred into your name.

If the vessel is unregistered, see How to register a vessel.

At the time of purchasing a registered vessel:

  • make sure you got the registration certificate (a photocopy or scan copy is not acceptable)
  • make sure the seller completed and signed the Registered Owner section of the registration certificate.

Within 14 days of getting a registered vessel you must:

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