Canadian Vessel Registration: Do You Need a Provisional Certificate?

When you sit down to complete your Canadian vessel registration, does it seem like it’s more difficult to do than it should be? Have you been unsure whether your vessel should be registered, licensed, on the Small Vessel Register, with a Certificate of Registry, a Provisional Certificate, or anything else? Here at the National Vessel Registry Center Corp., we serve as an educational resource for vessel owners of all kinds. This blog will provide a brief overview of what you may need to know about the Provisional Certificate. 

What to Keep in Mind About the Provisional Certificate 

The first thing to know about a Provisional Certificate of Registry is that it’s not a Certificate of Registry. It’s, as the name implies, provisional. That means it doesn’t last as long. In fact, it doesn’t last very long at all. At maximum, a provisional certificate of registry is valid for six months. This is not a mandatory form. But, many vessel owners have found that it’s a form that they absolutely need to get the most out of their time as well as their vessel. 

Who Qualifies for a Provisional Certificate? 

For one, certain vessel owners can qualify. Specifically, they qualify if they have already submitted all of their documentation yet are waiting for their tonnage documents to be submitted by an appointed tonnage measurer. That way, you aren’t held up by the actions of someone else. Another group that can use this form: Canadian builders. With a provisional certificate of registry, they’ll be able to perform sea trials with vessels faster without having to wait. This way, they can make a safer, better vessel. 

Why This Form Might Come in Very Handy

As you can see from the prior section, the main reason that someone gets one of these provisional certificates is time. These save time. Instead of having to wait for the entire process of a Certificate of Registry, you can take your vessel out and get moving faster than ever. As you know from your business, “time is money.” This particular form can save you plenty of both, allowing you to get your maritime business “off the ground,” so to speak, that much faster. As with all of our other forms, we make it easier to fill this out from just about anywhere. Since our site is mobile optimized, if you have an internet connection, you can complete this form from anywhere. 

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A Home for Canadian Vessel Registration 

The provisional certificate of registry is a very useful form that has helped Canadian vessel owners for many years. That said, it’s just one of the many forms that we offer at our site. You can find just about everything you’ll need throughout the course of your Canadian vessel ownership. From the provisional certificate through the actual Certificate of Registry, alterations, a mortgage, and anything else, we’ve got your back no matter where your journey takes you. For more, check out our site or call (800) 419-9569.