How do I change ownership of my bike?

If you’re buying or selling a bike, remembering to transfer ownership digitally is essential if it’s already on a bike registration website.

When the police recover a stolen bike, they will trace the owner by the frame number (searching crime reports) and search registration databases. It would be distressing for the police to contact you as a former owner, and you then can’t get hold of the current owner.

Below we cover the steps required on four popular UK bike registration services.

For BikeRegister

  1. As the current bike owner, log in and select the bike you’re selling.
  2. Select the ‘transfer ownership’ button.
  3. Enter the new owners’ email address.
  4. The new owner will be told by email notification to finalise the transfer.

Alternatively, it is possible to delete a listing on the website under the ‘update status’ part of the bike listing. This is neat if you have already sold the bike and have forgotten to take the new owner’s details, or if you don’t want your information on the database. However, this would not be ideal if the bike had a permanent marking kit.

For Datatag

  1. The change of keeper form, which is currently paper-based, should be completed (the cost is £20).
  2. Once DataTag has completed the administration work related to the new keeper form, a letter of confirmation and certificate will be sent.

If you don’t complete the form and only change the email address on the website’s ‘my assets’ section, it won’t update the details on the secure database (which the police use). The police won’t be able to identify the correct owner.

For Immobilise

Immobilise has no dedicated website option to transfer ownership of a single item, such as a bike. But the new owner doesn’t need to buy a new security tag. Instead do the following:

  1. The old owner should first tell the new owner the marking kit details. A registration certificate can be downloaded from the ‘my account’ area of the Immobilise website. The certificate details include any unique identifiers added: name, contact details and dated registration history.
  2. The old owner can then delete the bike under the ‘my items’ section of the ‘my account’ area.
  3. The new owner should then register on the website with the bike and registration details provided.

Note that Immobilise sells RFID chips, the most common method of tagging a bike with Immobilise. The ‘shuttle’ will be hidden in the bike’s seat tube.

For Veloeye

  1. The new owner should first register on the Veloeye website and provide the previous owner with their ‘User ID’.
  2. The old owner should log in and select ‘transfer my tag/bike’.
  3. Then add the ‘User ID’ collected from the new owner within the ‘transfer code’ field.
  4. The new owner will receive an email with details to confirm the registration transfer.

As seen above, the processes are slightly different depending on the bike registration service. It’s essential to get it right and do it as a priority when buying and selling second-hand bikes.

Most of the companies mentioned have customer support services. Some are limited to just email (or support ticket) and social media, for example, with Immobilise.

If you’re completely new to bike registration and want to find out more about the companies listed on this page, visit our handy guide to the best backup security products for cyclists.