A Quick Guide to the Basics of Your Nova Scotia Boat Registration

Nova Scotia boat registration

Your Nova Scotia boat registration will be very important when it comes to operating your commercial boat in the province’s waters. Learn everything there is to know about it here.

Getting Your Nova Scotia Boat Registration

As soon as you receive ownership over a boat meant for commercial operation, you will need to register it with Transport Canada. As tedious as this might sound, Nova Scotia boat registration doesn’t have to be long or complicated. In fact, we make it very easy for you to do so here on our platform. Please know that if you are purchasing a brand-new vessel, you should always use the first-time registration form. However, if you are buying it used, there is a chance that the previous owner needs to fill out a change of ownership form in order to transfer the vessel registration to you. If the vessel has been registered before but this registration was deleted, you can apply using the first-time form.

Making Changes to Your Registration

If what you are doing is transferring your boat registration to someone else, then, as before, you will need to submit a form for a transfer of ownership. However, if you are looking to keep the registration but need to make changes to it, there are specific forms to help you with that as well. What kind of changes? Well, for example, if you need to change the name of the vessel or the port of registry, then you will have to file a specific form that applies to either process. There will also be times in which changes ultimately unrelated to your vessel will affect your Nova Scotia boat registration, such as a move. If you change your home address, or the address the boat is registered under, you will need to apply for a change of address to keep the boat registration updated. 

Replacing Damaged or Lost Certificates

You should also remember that your boat registration certificate will always have to physically be in your possession. This is not the kind of document that you can just keep digitally on your phone when needed. If you misplace or damage your certificate of ownership, then you will have to get a replacement. Don’t worry, your registration is still in place, but without the physical copy, you can’t exactly make use of it. All you need to do to replace it, though, is apply for a replacement certificate. All you will need to do is provide your contact information and the identifying details of your vessel. Your replacement certificate will be on its way in no time.

Nova Scotia boat registration
Nova Scotia Boating Documentation

Your boat ownership should be fun and exciting, which is why we don’t want you to have to worry too much about its more menial aspects, such as paperwork. Here at the National Vessel Registry Center, we can help you take care of all this quickly and efficiently so that you can focus on what matters most. Here, you will find every form, every application, and every guide related to your boating documentation, so go ahead and get started with whatever it is you have to do, be it your registration, your pleasure craft license, or your boat history transcript. Our platform will have everything you need and more.