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Watercraft's change of ownership by visiting an office of a service provider

The duties of a new owner include registering the watercraft under their name. The change of ownership must be completed within 30 days of concluding the deal.

Do the following

1: Before visiting the registration service point, fill in the notification form and bring it with you.

Fill in the notification form (External link). All information marked with an asterisk (*) on this form is mandatory in the registration notification. Some of the data may have been filled in before in your watercraft's information. In case of an old boat, however, the data may be very deficient. By filling in the notification form in advance you can speed up the processing of your registration at the service point. Remember to sign the form.

2: Bring a signed bill of sale or deed of transfer with you

When you visit the office of a service provider that offers watercraft registration services, a e-certificate will not be accepted, and you will need to bring a signed bill of sale or deed of transfer concerning the transfer of ownership.  

Check that the deed of transfer (External link) separately details both the watercraft and its engine, even if they are sold as parts of a single package, for instance in the case of water scooters. The deed of transfer should also include the data of the seller and the buyer.

4: Prove your identity

You will always be asked to prove your identity when you visit a registration service point. You can use a passport, an identity card or a Finnish driving licence to do so. 

The registration number of the watercraft will not change as ownership is transferred. If you have all the required documents and information, the registration will be completed there and then. The registration certificate will be mailed to you in about two weeks.  

You may, however, use your watercraft already before the registration certificate reaches you. If necessary, the authorities can check the system to see that the watercraft has been registered and that the certificate is being issued. It is, however, a good idea to always keep the bill of sale in the watercraft when using it.