National Vessel Registry Center

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


The Vessel Registry Requirements of Today

As great as it is to become the owner of a yacht or other pleasure craft, or even a commercial vessel so you can run a business, you must know that there are responsibilities and paperwork that go along with ownership. Regulations abound that you must follow to make sure your vessel is safe for…

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You Should Get Your Pleasure Craft Licence

From the moment you decide to get a boat, you can feel the excitement. You cannot wait to make your purchase so you can get out on the water so you can relax in the sun, listen to the water, and enjoy time fishing, swimming or just doing nothing with family and friends. Of course,…

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Checking the Vessel Registration Query System

Are you thinking about buying a commercial or pleasure vessel? Buying a boat is a big investment for you, and you want to be sure that the boat you are getting is in the best shape and free of any encumbrances before you finalize a deal for a boat from a broker or previous owner.…

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Understanding the Large Vessel Registration Payment Form

When you purchase a boat in Canada, whether it is a boat that is brand new or comes from a previous owner, the law states that you must register or license your vessel with the government office of Transport Canada. This registration places your vessel in the national registry so that there is a record…

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Steps to Selecting Your Vessel Name and Port of Registry

When you first purchase a pleasure craft, there are steps you need to take so that you can get the boat properly licensed or registered. You will see that there is paperwork you need to fill out and personal information you will need to provide, along with documentation regarding ownership of the boat. One important…

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Using Form 17 – Application for the Registration of a Government Ship Under the Canada Shipping Act, 2001, Subsection 46 (3)

It is important that you follow all the laws set forth by Transport Canada so that you can legally operate your ship in the Canadian waters. While there are differences in requirements depending on if you have a pleasure craft or commercial vessel, there are strict regulations you must follow if you are a government…

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Getting Registration of a Government Vessel in Canada

If you have recently come into possession of a ship, you will need to go through the process of registering your boat or licensing it. While the option for registration exists for those that own pleasure crafts, individuals or companies that own commercial vessels or government vessels do not get a choice. Registration is mandatory…

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Becoming Part of the Canadian Register of Vessels

When you own a boat in Canada, whether it is a small craft or a large one, if the vessel is used strictly for recreational and pleasure purposes, you have the option of licensing your boat or registering it with Transport Canada. There are differences between licensing and registration and becoming part of the registry…

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