TRANSFERRING OWNERSHIP OF PET HERPETOFAUNA:
There are currently 2 ways of transferring reptiles between a buyer and seller in the WA licensing system – Via a licensed dealer, or via the DBCA online licensing portal.
Through DBCA, the cost is $10 and can take a few days to be approved, so if doing it this way, ensure the transfer request is received in advance of the date of sale. Simply visit the portal and follow the links to get to the correct page.
Transferring through a licensed dealer is a similar process, but ultimately easier and more efficient. This service is typically more expensive than through DBCA, costing on average between $15-$25 depending on the dealer in question.
IF GOING THROUGH A LICENSED DEALER — WHAT YOU NEED TO PROVIDE:
CLEAR photos of each license. Please, make sure they are not blurry. It isn’t hard to take a clear photo. The licenses must not be manually amended in any way. This means digital markings or hiding information in the photo. Photos of screenshots or computer screens are not acceptable.
Photos of the animal/s in question. This needs to happen PRIOR to the sale taking place. Transfer requests for sales that have taken place the day before, will not be accepted.
Third-Party Transfers will also not be accepted. I.e.: The person organising the transfer is not the buyer or seller. This is for the protection of the dealer and the other buyer/ seller.
Once all the appropriate information has been given, and the sale has taken place, the dealer will then provide their dealer number and bank details.
POST SALE – WHAT YOU NEED TO DO:
Once you have bought/ sold the animal, it is now YOUR responsibility to make sure your paperwork/ returns are in order. Fill out your returns straight away to avoid needing to go back to the dealer in 6-12 months to find your transfer information. The forms are pretty straightforward, and I strongly encourage you to print some out to keep with you before buying or selling.