Purchasing a used boat

The change of ownership must be completed no later than 30 days after the purchase.

Verify the register data and the seller identity before completing the purchase

It is easiest to only purchase watercraft from their owners indicated in the register. This avoids problems related to ownership verification. If the seller is not the owner of the watercraft indicated in the register, you should at least require documents on the right of ownership, starting with the owner indicated in the register. You may verify beforehand the owner and the registration of the watercraft. 

If the watercraft has been deregistered, or its data is not found for another reason, you may request that the seller register it before the sale. 

You may verify beforehand the owner and the registration of the watercraft.

 

Ask the seller to provide a valid certificate and draft a deed of transfer or bill of sale for the watercraft. 

You may register the watercraft in your name by means of the deed of transfer (External link) or bill of sale, or the e-certificate. The e-certificate is a digital code that is valid for 30 days. By using the e-certificate, you may register the watercraft in your name on the Traficom website. When visiting an office of a service provider, you will require the deed of transfer or the bill of sale for the registration.

How to use the e-certificate

The instructions above are sufficient for most transactions. Sometimes additional advice may, however, be required.