National Vessel Registry Center

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pleasure craft licence
transport canada boat registration
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receiver general for canada
pleasure craft licence
transfer of ownership
vessel registry
canadian vessel registry
marine safety
pleasure craft electronic licesnsing system
canadian register of vessels
provisional certificate vessel
vessel registration transcripts
historical research
bare boat chartered vessels


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vessel registration query system
marine safety
pleasure craft electronic licensing system

National Vessel Registry Center, Corp. is NOT Transport Canada; we are a third party agency that handles Canadian Vessel Registration processing to Transport Canada.


Why Boat Registration in Nova Scotia

You’ve got a boat. You take your boat around Nova Scotia. Maybe you just use it for fun, taking your family and friends out on the water and enjoying the warm spring sun. Perhaps it’s a commercial vessel, and you use it for your livelihood or just to make a few extra bucks on the…

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I am Starting a Boat Tour Business. What Documents Do I need?

A boat tour business will be deemed a commercial operation under the Canada Shipping Act, 2001 and therefore subject to different rules, unlike the transport Canada pleasure craft licence, which is quite easy to obtain. Any waterborne enterprise opened for the express purpose of making profit comes under the banner of commercial. The certification and…

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Why You Need a Certificate of Registry in Canada

All vessels that are used and operated in Canadian waters are required to be registered or licensed. The Canada Shipping Act of 2001 calls for all waterborne craft to be registered by the Canadian Register of Vessels, an agency under the umbrella of Transport Canada. It is a legal obligation that enables the owner of…

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Buying a Second-Hand Boat in Canada: What You Need to Know

Under the Canada Shipping Act, 2001 all waterborne craft that use Canadian waters should be registered and licensed. The same rules apply as when buying a new build. The only difference is that as a second-hand vessel, your craft comes with a history and documentation. Mainly, it is just a question of transferring the title…

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Vessel Licensing and Registration in Canada

Now that you have your vessel, what’s next? The requirements for registering and licensing vessels in Canada are detailed but straightforward. It is just a question of filling out the correct forms. Which forms depend on to what use you wish to put your craft. First-time registration is quite simple because the information is basic…

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Registering Your Vessel With Transport Canada

When buying a boat, it is essential that you have it registered as soon as possible, and absolutely before you start using it for commercial purposes. If you have bought a new boat, then you and the seller will have to complete a transfer of ownership form and submit it to the Transport Canada registry…

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The Ins And Outs Of A Vessel Name Query In Canada

When you are thinking of purchasing a vessel, it makes sense to try to investigate its past, and to try to discover some more information about by conducting a vessel name query with Transport Canada. They can provide you with more information about the boat, and you may discover facts about the vessel which affect…

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Why You Should Submit Your Vessel To The Canadian Register of Vessels

The Canadian registry of vessels is a way to keep your boat under the protection of the Canadian Coast Guard, and also serves as a way to keep an eye on your vessel if it is trading in international waters. There are several reasons why you should consider putting your ship on the Canadian Register…

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