Changes To Consumer Boat Licensing/Registration Effective November 1

Effective Monday, November 1, Service Canada  will no longer issue pleasure craft licenses over the counter. To get a free pleasure craft license, boaters must now mail a completed application form, along with proof of vessel ownership and a signed copy of a valid piece of government-issued identification, to the Pleasure Craft Licensing Centre.

Transport Canada's Office of Boating Safety has developed a pleasure craft license application kit., which will be available after October 31st online at, at Service Canada offices, and through regional Transport Canada Office of Boating Safety centres.

Boaters buying used pleasure craft now have 90 days to transfer the license into their name. They may continue to operate their “new” boat during this period with the existing license on board.

During the 2010 boating season, Transport Canada launched the Pleasure Craft License Online Application program. This pilot program allowed 35 boat dealers to issue new license numbers on the spot. Feedback has been very positive and Transport Canada is looking to expand the program to all dealers across Canada. Interested boat dealers can contact Transport Canada at: if they are interested in joining the dealer program.

In the future, Transport Canada anticipates updating the program to allow for on-line license / registration capability for individual transactions outside of the dealers.