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Old 20-09-2012, 10:11   #1
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Title transfer

Hello all
So I am looking at purchasing a boat in the Dominican republic, it is registered in north Carolina and I want to keep it that way, i am a canadian resident, what is involved in transferring the title to my name and getting it in the Dominican republic ASAP
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Old 20-09-2012, 10:25   #2
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Re: Title transfer

STEP ONE: Obtaining a "Proof-of-Ownership" Document from the Seller

Purchasing a Titled or Non-Titled Vessel from a Dealer

Obtain the Dealer Bill of Sale, with Hull ID recorded on it. Ask the Dealer whether the Previous Owner had the vessel Titled. If so, get the Title document.

Purchasing a Titled Vessel from an Individual


If the Seller(s) have the vessel Titled, in North Carolina or another state, they must sign the "Assignment of Title" section on the original copy of the Title, naming you as Purchaser. In North Carolina and most other states, the Seller's signature(s) must be notarized. If any lien is listed on the Title Certificate, the "Release Section" must be signed and notarized by the lender, showing the lien as released. The Seller(s) then give the original Title document to you and it is your proof-of-ownership.

STEP TWO: Applying for Registration/Title Using One of the Following Options:

Option 2: Applying at the Wildlife Resources Commission by Mail


Obtain a VL-1 form, from the Wildlife Commission by calling 1-800-628-3773 or a Wildlife Service Agent. Complete the VL-1 form. Specify whether you want One-Year or Three-Year Registration and whether you want to Title your vessel.

Write a check or money order for $15 to $60 in fees, depending on the services requested. Enclose the appropriate proof-of-ownership document (Title, Dealer Bill of Sale, or Bill of Sale), the VL-1 form, any previous Title, and the fees; mail to the North Carolina Wildlife Commission.

Wildlife Commission:
Will normally respond within fifteen business days. By return mail, will send the Registration Card and Decal to the Purchaser. If a Title was requested, it will be mailed to the Purchaser if there is no lien on the vessel, or to the first Lienholder if there is a lien. (Note: All incorrect or incomplete documentation will be returned, and the request delayed.)

If the vessel was previously registered in North Carolina, the Registration Number should already be displayed on the port and starboard bow. Affix your new Registration Decal to the starboard bow, to the right of the Registration Number.

If the vessel was previously registered outside North Carolina, remove the out-of-state Registration Number from the vessel. Using paint or manufactured letters and numbers, affix the North Carolina Registration Number to the port and starboard bow. Affix the Registration Decal to the starboard bow to the right of the Registration Number.
Looks like it can all be done by mail, but getting the notarized signature from the previous owner could be a challenge. The US Embassy can usually provide notary services that are recognized in the US.

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