Getting a Pleasure Craft License and Always Keeping it Up to Date

What is a Pleasure Craft License?

Under Transport Canada’s boating documentation guidelines, a pleasure craft license is a document with a unique identifying number for a vessel, specifically, well, a pleasure craft. This allows you to have a distinct number attached to your vessel in order to properly identify it in situations such as searches and rescues. Thanks to this, the qualifying personnel will be able to find and access relevant information in a quick and prompt manner. Know that this license is attached to both you and your vessel, so a change is

How to Transfer it?

So, if the pleasure craft license is tied to your ownership, what happens when changes need to be made to who owns it? Well, it depends. Are you adding or removing an owner? Or are you transferring the vessel ownership fully onto someone else? Either way, you will have to submit a form for a transfer of license. Just be sure to fill it out properly according to your situation.

When to Renew it?

If you have a craft license that was either issued or updated after 2010, it will be valid for a period of ten years. That means that the renewal date is coming up for a lot of these. In order to renew your pleasure craft license, you will have to submit a renewal application, which will be available within three months of the expiration date. Be sure to wait until you are at least three months away from the expiration date in order to apply for a renewal.

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