Request a title extract

If you are looking to purchase a vessel and would like to know the current ownership details or you need detailed information on a registered ship, a title extract will provide this information.

A current title extract will show the particulars of a ship from the date it is produced. A title extract gives details of ownership, ship particulars and any caveats over a registered ship.

To request a title extract, you need to:

Know the name or official number to identify the vessel

A title extract can be granted for vessels that are currently registered. If the vessel is likely to be on the Australian General Shipping Register, it will:

  • be Australian owned.
  • have the name of the vessel marked on both sides of the vessel’s bow and the name and home port marked on the stern.

If you know the name of the vessel, you can search for the vessel on the register. The vessel’s registration certificate will also have the name and official number for the vessel and the name and address of the current registered owner(s).

Complete the form

You will need to download and complete:

Application for current title extract form 204.

Pay the application fee

A fee of A$75 is payable for a title extract.

You can pay by cheque, credit card, or direct deposit.

Use the Ship registration credit card payment authorisation form 114 to pay by credit card.

Use the Australian shipping registration office direct deposit information to pay by direct deposit.

If paying by cheque, please make it out to the Australian Maritime Safety Authority.

Submit the application

You will need to attach all required supporting documents and send the paperwork to us at our postal or courier address:

  • Postal address—Australian Maritime Safety Authority Shipping Registration Office, Operations GPO Box 2181 Canberra City ACT 2601 Australia
  • Courier address—Australian Maritime Safety Authority Shipping Registration Office, Operations 82 Northbourne Avenue Braddon ACT 2612 Australia
  • email

You must include payment with your application.

Last updated: 

Monday 3 December 2018