Form BRT-006 "Transfer of Abandoned Boat" - Virginia

What Is Form BRT-006?

This is a legal form that was released by the Virginia Department of Wildlife Resources - a government authority operating within Virginia. As of today, no separate filing guidelines for the form are provided by the issuing department.

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  • Released on May 1, 2017;
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DEPARTMENT OF GAME AND INLAND FISHERIES - CLIENT SERVICES
P.O. BOX 9930, HENRICO, VA 23228-9930
TELEPHONE: (866) 721-6911 WEBSITE: WWW.DGIF.VIRGINIA.GOV
PROCEDURE TO ACQUIRE REGISTRATION/TITLE TO AN ABANDONED WATERCRAFT
An “abandoned watercraft” is a watercraft that is left unattended on private property for more
than 10 days without the consent of the property's owner. In order to apply for title to an
abandoned watercraft, it must have been abandoned on the applicant’s property or water
immediately adjacent to his/her property for a period of 60 DAYS.
This 60 days begins to run at the time the watercraft becomes abandoned,
i.e. after the initial 10 day period.
INSTRUCTIONS:
1.
If the abandoned watercraft has a registration number assigned by the Commonwealth or any other state, or
is documented with the Coast Guard, or if there are any other means of identifying the owner,(s), a copy
of the registration/title or if documented a copy of the “Abstract of Title” must be acquired.
2.
The person desiring to acquire title shall make a good faith effort to secure the last known address of all
owners and lienholders. If the address is different than what is listed on the official record an explanation
of where/how the address was obtained is required.
3.
You must notify the last registered owner(s) according to the state’s/Coast Guard’s official records
(unless a more recent address is available), by REGISTERED MAIL with return receipt requested,
that if ownership is not claimed and the boat removed within 30 days, you will apply to the
Department for Watercraft Registration/Title in your name (letter attached).
4.
If there is an unsatisfied lien listed on the state’s/Coast Guard’s official records, you must notify the
lienholder by REGISTERED MAIL with return receipt requested, that if ownership is not claimed
and the boat removed within 30 days, you will apply to the Department for Watercraft Registration/
Title in your name.
If the lienholder has merged, changed names or address, contact the State Corporation Commission (SCC)
to request information about the lienholder’s new name or location. If the lienholder has gone out of
business, you will need a letter from the SCC stating that the lienholder is no longer in business.
5.
If there is no means to identify the owner(s), you must make a good faith effort to notify the rightful owner
and document your efforts of such attempt.
6.
Place a notice, to appear for three consecutive issues in a newspaper of general circulation published in the
county or city where the watercraft is located. This notice must accurately describe the watercraft, its
location, and any identifying numbers. The notice must also state that if the watercraft is not claimed and
removed within 30 days of the date the first notice is published, you will apply to the Department for
registration/title in your name (sample advertisement notice attached).
7.
At the end of the 30-day period, you may apply to the Department for title/registration. The application
and appropriate fees must be accompanied by the following:
a.
The attached Affidavit for Abandoned Watercraft completed and notarized.
BRT – 006 Abandoned Boat Procedure May 2017
DEPARTMENT OF GAME AND INLAND FISHERIES - CLIENT SERVICES
P.O. BOX 9930, HENRICO, VA 23228-9930
TELEPHONE: (866) 721-6911 WEBSITE: WWW.DGIF.VIRGINIA.GOV
PROCEDURE TO ACQUIRE REGISTRATION/TITLE TO AN ABANDONED WATERCRAFT
An “abandoned watercraft” is a watercraft that is left unattended on private property for more
than 10 days without the consent of the property's owner. In order to apply for title to an
abandoned watercraft, it must have been abandoned on the applicant’s property or water
immediately adjacent to his/her property for a period of 60 DAYS.
This 60 days begins to run at the time the watercraft becomes abandoned,
i.e. after the initial 10 day period.
INSTRUCTIONS:
1.
If the abandoned watercraft has a registration number assigned by the Commonwealth or any other state, or
is documented with the Coast Guard, or if there are any other means of identifying the owner,(s), a copy
of the registration/title or if documented a copy of the “Abstract of Title” must be acquired.
2.
The person desiring to acquire title shall make a good faith effort to secure the last known address of all
owners and lienholders. If the address is different than what is listed on the official record an explanation
of where/how the address was obtained is required.
3.
You must notify the last registered owner(s) according to the state’s/Coast Guard’s official records
(unless a more recent address is available), by REGISTERED MAIL with return receipt requested,
that if ownership is not claimed and the boat removed within 30 days, you will apply to the
Department for Watercraft Registration/Title in your name (letter attached).
4.
If there is an unsatisfied lien listed on the state’s/Coast Guard’s official records, you must notify the
lienholder by REGISTERED MAIL with return receipt requested, that if ownership is not claimed
and the boat removed within 30 days, you will apply to the Department for Watercraft Registration/
Title in your name.
If the lienholder has merged, changed names or address, contact the State Corporation Commission (SCC)
to request information about the lienholder’s new name or location. If the lienholder has gone out of
business, you will need a letter from the SCC stating that the lienholder is no longer in business.
5.
If there is no means to identify the owner(s), you must make a good faith effort to notify the rightful owner
and document your efforts of such attempt.
6.
Place a notice, to appear for three consecutive issues in a newspaper of general circulation published in the
county or city where the watercraft is located. This notice must accurately describe the watercraft, its
location, and any identifying numbers. The notice must also state that if the watercraft is not claimed and
removed within 30 days of the date the first notice is published, you will apply to the Department for
registration/title in your name (sample advertisement notice attached).
7.
At the end of the 30-day period, you may apply to the Department for title/registration. The application
and appropriate fees must be accompanied by the following:
a.
The attached Affidavit for Abandoned Watercraft completed and notarized.
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b.
Proof that the registered letter(s) was/were mailed at least 30 days prior to the application.
Attach the unopened, undeliverable letter if returned by the post office, or attach the green
return post card from the post office showing the signature of the recipient and the date of receipt.
c.
A copy of the letter that was mailed to the previous owner(s).
A detailed explanation of the steps taken to identify the owner(s) and lienholder (if applicable) if
d.
the watercraft shows no identifying numbers.
e.
Proof that a notice was printed in a newspaper of general circulation for three consecutive issues.
f.
A copy of the state registration/record or if documented a copy of the “Abstract of Title” (if
applicable) proving to whom the watercraft was registered or titled or documented.
Any response received from the previous owner(s) and lienholder (if applicable).
g.
h.
A completed Application for Watercraft Certificate of Title & Certificate of Number (Registration).
i.
Please allow 30-60 days for processing
Upon receipt by the Department of all items required and after all fees and taxes due have been paid, the
Department shall then issue title/registration in the applicant’s name.
All cost incurred in obtaining title/registration to a watercraft shall be borne by the applicant.
BRT – 006 Abandoned Boat Procedure May 2017
DEPARTMENT OF GAME AND INLAND FISHERIES - CLIENT SERVICES
P.O. BOX 9930, HENRICO, VA 23228-9930
TELEPHONE: (866) 721-6911
WEBSITE: WWW.DGIF.VIRGINIA.GOV
ABANDONED WATERCRAFT AFFIDAVIT
I/we affirm that I/we have complied with the provisions of Section 29.1-733.25 of the Code of Virginia, as
amended, in regard to the watercraft described below. I/we hereby submit the following to obtain a Virginia
Watercraft Registration/Title for this watercraft, which was abandoned on my/our property or in the water
immediately adjacent to my/our property for a period of AT LEAST 60 DAYS.
City/County where the boat is located
Make of Watercraft
Year built
Length
Hull ID Number
Boat Number
Attached is the following documentation pursuant to Section 29.1-733.25 of the Code of Virginia to support the
issuance of a new watercraft registration/title to the above-described watercraft:
1.
The receipts with signatures for the registered letter(s) which notified the owner(s) and
lienholder(s) of the location of the watercraft and of my/our intention to apply for Virginia
Watercraft Registration/Title if it is unclaimed after 30 days notice (If the Post Office returns the
notifications undelivered, attach those unopened letters to this form).
2.
A copy of the letters that were sent to the last registered/titled/documented owner(s) and lienholder.
3.
A detailed explanation of the steps taken to identify the owner and lienholder if the owners could
not be determined.
4.
A copy of the notice that was published in
(Newspaper) on
,
, and
.
5.
Any response that was received from the last registered/titled owner(s).
Printed name of Applicant
Signature of Applicant
Printed name of Applicant
Signature of Applicant
STATE OF VIRGINIA
City/County of
:
On this
day of
, 20
before me personally appeared the affiant(s)
signing above, acknowledged and made oath that the matters set forth in the foregoing affidavit are true.
X
Notary Public
My Commission Expires
An Application for Certificate of Title must accompany this form.
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THIS LETTER IS TO BE DELIVERED VIA REGISTERED MAIL TO THE LAST
REGISTERED OWNER (S) AND LIENHOLDER ACCORDING TO THE OFFICIAL RECORDS
OF THE STATE OF REGISTRATION AT LEAST 30 DAYS PRIOR TO APPLICATION FOR
TITLE AND REGISTRATION.
Date:
________________________
Registered/Titled Owner’s Name and Address:
_______________________________________
_______________________________________
_______________________________________
Dear __________________________________:
According to the records of the Commonwealth/State of ___________________________, you
(State of Registration)
are the last registered owner for a ________________ _________________________ with hull
(Model year)
(Make of vessel)
identification number __________________________ and registration number _____________
(Hull Identification Number)
(Registration Number).
which has been abandoned on my/our property for at least 60 DAYS.
If this watercraft is not removed from my/our property within 30 days of the receipt of this letter, I/we will make
application for Watercraft Registration/Title to the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries as is
provided for in 29.1-733.25 of the Code of Virginia.
If you wish to claim ownership of this watercraft, please contact either me/us and/or the Virginia Department of
Game and Inland Fisheries by certified letter as soon as possible at the addresses given below:
Department of Game and Inland Fisheries
_______________________________
Boat Section
_______________________________
P.O. Box 9930
_______________________________
Henrico, VA 23228
_______________________________
(Print your name and Mailing Address)
Sincerely,
(Your Signature)
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SAMPLE AD TO BE PLACED IN NEWSPAPER
NOTICE
ABANDONED WATERCRAFT
Notice is hereby given that the following watercraft has been abandoned for more than 60 DAYS on the
property of: (List name, address, and telephone number).
Description of watercraft
Make, length, year built, color and any identifying numbers
Application for Watercraft Registration/Title will be made in accordance with Section 29.1-733.25 of the
Code of Virginia if this watercraft is not claimed and removed within 30 days of first publication of this
notice. Please contact the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries with questions.
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