Demystifying USCG Form 1258 – Transfer of Ownership

Paperwork is part of the process when you transfer ownership of your boat. While they can be overwhelming and frustrating, it’s important to fill out your USCG form 1258 properly to avoid lengthy processing times and possible penalties. Just like when you buy a car, buying a boat means documentation that is required to finalize the sale, but that documentation must be filled out and filed correctly. To make the entire process efficient and smooth, use this handy guide to help you understand everything you need to know about Form 1258 so that it is done properly.

Information Needed on the Form

Gathering the necessary information before you get started makes it faster and easier to get your forms filled out properly. It can also save you time and effort because you won’t have to keep stopping to search for the data you need. For the USCG Form 1258, this might include background information, details regarding ownership, proof of identification, and proof of ownership. You’ll also want to have the bill of sale and other relevant boat paperwork on hand when you get ready to fill out Form 1258. You might also need the certificate number. Having this data ready to go will save time and frustration and will also ensure that the process goes quickly and smoothly.

Avoid Using the Paper Form

While it’s still possible to fill out a paper Form 1258, it’s much easier and more efficient to do so online. It’s much faster because you can submit the form when you complete it, rather than having to download, print, fill out, and mail the form and wait for processing to happen. When you send it online, you expedite the entire process. Filing online also protects your personal data, which isn’t as easy to do when you send the form through the mail. You can even pay the fees online, saving you more time and effort. 

Tips for Filling Out the Form

One of the best ways to ensure that you’ve filled out your United States Coast Guard Form 1258 accurately is to read through it before getting started. That way you’ll know where all of the necessary information belongs and won’t mistakenly insert it in the wrong place. When you complete the form, be sure you double-check all of the information you’ve entered. Make sure everything is spelled correctly and in the right location. That way you won’t have to worry that it gets rejected, which will cost you time and money to fix. Once you’re ready, supply your payment information, and then your part is done and you simply have to wait for processing and approval.

USCG Form 1258

Check our Site to Find Your USCG Form 1258

Filling out USCG Form 1258 doesn’t have to be a difficult and lengthy endeavor. However, if you’re struggling with the paperwork and could use some guidance, the Vessel Registrar Center is here to help you. Contact us today with all of your questions and we’ll be happy to help guide you through the documentation process.