Pleasure Craft Licences
As of November 1, 2010, Transport Canada is the only federal institution issuing Pleasure Craft Licences. To obtain a free Pleasure Craft Licence, boaters must 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 at the following address:
Pleasure Craft Licensing Centre
PO Box 2006
Fredericton NB E3B 5G4
The Pleasure Craft Licensing program improves public safety and security by giving search and rescue and law enforcement agencies 24 hour, seven-day a week access to the licence information they need in emergency situations. It also provides data useful for tracking industry trends related to the many types of boating activity in Canada.
Did you know that any pleasure craft powered by a motor of 10 hp (7.5 kW) or more must have a valid licence? A pleasure craft licence allows search and rescue personnel and other agencies to quickly identify your boat in the event of an emergency.
Transport Canada's Office of Boating Safety has developed an easy to use Pleasure Craft Licence application kit. You can get them:
- online at the Office of Boating Safety Web site;
- at any Service Canada Centre; and
- through regional Office of Boating Safety Centres.
Boaters buying used pleasure crafts now have 90 days to transfer the licence into their name. They may continue to operate their "new" boat during this period with the existing licence on board.
Boat Dealer Online Application Program
During the 2010 boating season, Transport Canada launched the Pleasure Craft Licence Online Application program. This program allows boat dealers to issue new licence numbers on the spot. Boat dealers interested in getting set up for the Pleasure Craft Licence Online Application should visit the Office of Boating Safety Web site to learn how they can become part of the program.
To learn more about Pleasure Craft Licensing or about boating safety, visit the Office of Boating Safety Web site or call the Boating Safety Infoline at 1‑800‑267‑6687.
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