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Published on Jan 9, 2013

The pleasure craft licensing system allows Search and Rescue personnel to access information 24 hours a day, seven days a week in the event of an emergency. You must display your pleasure craft licence number above the waterline on both sides of the bow, as far forward as practical, and where it is easy to see. The numbers must be in block letters, at least 7.5 cm (3") high, and must contrast with the colour of the background. You do not need a pleasure craft licence if a boat is registered.
Pleasure craft licences are free and valid for ten (10) years. They can be obtained by applying to the Pleasure Craft Licensing Centre and can be transferred to successive owners of the pleasure craft. It must be kept on board at all times. However, a pleasure craft licence does not prove ownership. When entering another country, be sure to have proof of ownership for your boat along with its pleasure craft licence. Not having the proper documents on board can result in delays or trouble clearing customs, or even a fine. The information on the licence must be kept up to date. A pleasure craft may be operated without an accurate name or address on the licence until the day on which the owner of the pleasure craft receives an updated licence, up to a maximum of 90 days from the day of the change of name or address, if, in addition to the licence, documents are carried on board confirming the new name or address and the date of the change.

To obtain a licence for a pleasure craft, you can refer to the website of Transport Canada at www.tc.gc.ca/eng/marinesafety Registration

The Canadian Register of Vessels is the official register of all registered or listed vessels, vessels under construction and bare-boat charters. It contains information on each vessel, such as ownership and mortgage details, vessel characteristics, such as tonnage, construction material and type. Although there are costs involved, registration gives you some important benefits, which include a proof of ownership (legal title) for your boat, the right to fly the Canadian flag, a unique name, and official number for your boat, as well as the right to use your boat as security for a marine mortgage.
Registration is optional for all pleasure craft, regardless of tonnage and length, as per the Canada Shipping Act, 2001. Note that the registration requirements based on tonnage have been removed.
There are costs associated with registering. However, the registration is good for as long as you own the vessel. You must carry registration documents on board the vessel at all times, together with any other ownership documents, to help avoid delays clearing U.S. or Canada customs, or in case of a fine. All required forms are available from any port of registry across Canada, or visit the Vessel Registration Office website.

This law does not apply if the boat is registered or licensed in accordance with the laws of another country and not principally maintained or operated in Canada, for a life boat or other survival craft that is part of the equipment of a ship, as well as for an amphibious vehicle for which a provincial automobile licence for highway travel is required.
If I buy a used pleasure craft, how do I transfer the licence to my name?
To transfer a licence to your name, submit the following documents:
• a completed Form 84-0172E, Application for Pleasure Craft Licence;
• proof of ownership of the pleasure craft;
• a signed photocopy of a government issued ID.
If you do not have documents that prove you own the pleasure craft, you will be required to make a declaration under oath stating why you cannot produce the bill of sale or proof of ownership. You can use the sample declaration form provided on the website of Transport Canada.
When applying for a pleasure craft licence, include a signed photocopy of your personal identification document. We will return the photocopy to you when we send you your licence. Your application and supporting documents must be mailed-in for processing to the Pleasure Craft Licensing Centre.

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