Transfer of ownership

The Society’s position on Transfers has been that if a purchaser did not or could not get the Transfer Card signed by the seller then little could be done. This was not helpful in genuine cases and probably encouraged forgery. The current position is that if a person ‘keeps’ the dog and is in possession of the Certificate then these are reasonable grounds for them to apply to become the registered keeper. This makes no judgement of who may hold legal title.

Therefore, if someone has the dog and Certificate but has lost contact with the previous registered keeper, they may submit a Transfer Card to the Society with no current keeper (seller) details at a cost of £12.00 for the Transfer and £22.00 for a letter of enquiry to be written to the previous keeper. The Society will then make all the enquiries for you and the dog will be transferred unless the previous keeper replies with an overriding objection based on hard evidence, for example theft or other wrongdoing established with the police. A complaint that “he did not pay me enough” for example, would not be evidence.

Please note that Duplicate Certificates will continue to be made available only to the current Registered Keeper. Be warned that there can be no signing of Transfer Cards on behalf of the seller. A forgery of signature is a serious matter that will be referred for disciplinary consideration. Finally, to stop arguments about who sends the £12.00, new Transfer Cards will just say “£12.00 fee payable”, and no longer specify that the seller has to pay.

Note in the case of Transfer of Ownership through MyISDS, then the seller will always be requested to pay the Transfer Fee.