Canadian Register of Vessels Join, Consult, or Request Information

Canadian register of vessels

The Canadian Register of vessels exists to keep a comprehensive list of the national vessels navigating our country’s waters. In doing so, this allows citizens and vessel owners to keep track of the documentation corresponding to their vessel across different ownerships and registration periods. Whether you are looking to register your own vessel or consult the database, we can easily guide you through the process. Let’s go over some of the different ways in which you can join, interact, consult, or request information from the register.

Canadian Register of Vessels

The most common question our team gets regarding the Canadian Register of Vessels is how to join it. It’s important to understand that this is a mandatory process for most commercial boats and a recommended one for recreational ones. In order to register your vessel, all you need to do is submit the corresponding application, which is mostly composed of one form and a few related documents. If this is the first time that the vessel in question is being registered, then you will have to submit proof of your ownership via a bill of sale or a certificate of first-time use from the manufacturer. The application is fully available here on our website for you to submit yours.

Registering a Used Vessel

If you are purchasing a used boat that has been previously registered here in Canada, odds are that the registration is still a part of the Canadian register of vessels (unless it was previously deleted). In cases in which the vessel is still registered with Transport Canada, then the previous owner should apply for a transfer of ownership that passes the registration onto you, the new proprietor. The necessary form is available on our website for the previous owner to comfortably submit to Transport Canada through our platform. Once the transfer has been approved, the registration of the corresponding boat will be under your name (or the new owner’s, if you are acting on their behalf).

Consulting the Registry

Now, if you have no current interest in joining the registry but you are rather looking to consult it, we have the solution for you. There are two ways to consult the Canadian register of vessels and each will come in useful in different situations. If you are looking for some quick current information about a specific vessel, then you will want to go to the vessel registration query system that is available on the Transport Canada website. You will need to provide the official number, vessel name, and official and comprehensive summary of a vessel’s documentation, then you should submit a request for a transcript, which you can easily do through our platform. 

Canadian Register of Vessels

Regardless of the business, you have with the Canadian registry of vessels, the National Vessel Registry Center Corp can provide you with all the necessary forms for you to carry it out properly. And, should you have any questions, don’t hesitate to reach out to us by calling +1 (800) 419-9569 or emailing us at