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

You must pay a non-refundable fee when lodging your application.

Learn more about shipping registration fees and payment options.

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, PO Box 255, Coffs Harbour NSW 2450, Australia
  • Courier address—Australian Maritime Safety Authority Shipping Registration Office, Operations, Level 2, 28 Gordon Street, Coffs Harbour NSW 2450 Australia
  • email

You must include payment with your application.

Last updated: 7 July 2023