Vessel Licences & Registration

What is a vessel licence used for?

Who needs a licence?

Where do I apply for or transfer a licence?

Where do my licence numbers go?

Boat Registration

IMG_2775It is no longer required to register a boat that is over 15 gross tons but you can still choose to do so. You will need to register your boat if you are wanting to use your boat as security for a marine mortgage. It is also recommended that if you are going to be doing a lot of international travel that you register your vessel. You will also have to choose a name for your vessel which no one else has previously selected as this will be the primary source of identification. There are costs associated to registering a boat but there are also a number of benefits which include:

  1. A unique name and official number.
  2. Proof of ownership – legal title.
  3. The right to fly the Canadian flag.
  4. The ability to use your boat as security for a marine mortgage.

This is a far more detailed process than licensing and I would suggest contacting Transport Canada or a Marine Title Company to help with the process. Transport Canada- Registration

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