Deleting Your Transport Canada Vessel Registration is as Important as Getting it

Transport Canada vessel registration

You already know how important it is to make sure your Transport Canada vessel registration is up to date and in order. After all, you will almost always need to have those papers in check if you are to set sail and operate the vessel at all. However, do you know how important it is to delete the registration in certain situations?

Certificate of Deletion

A certificate of deletion serves as official proof that you have deleted your vessel’s registration from the Canadian Register of Vessels. What does this mean? Well, that the vessel in question is no longer recognized as yours by Transport Canada. The vessel owner, or an authorized agent who is acting on their behalf, can apply for the deletion from the Transport Canada vessel registration with the help of our website. In fact, all you need to do is find the deletion form on our registry tab and fill out all the relevant information. Do you think you might be in need of deleting your registration but aren’t sure if that’s the best course of action? When does this form even come in useful? Here are two of the most common cases in which people might need this specific certificate.

When to Get a Certificate of Deletion?

One of the most common instances in which a vessel owner will need to delete their registration is when they are selling the vessel to a foreigner, that is, someone who is not a Canadian national or resident who will be using the boat in a different country. If you are selling or transferring your vessel to someone else within Canada, then there is a specific process that lets you do that. The transfer of ownership form on our homepage can help you officially change the vessel’s owner. However, if you are selling your vessel or transferring to someone who will not be registering it in Canada, then you can delete it from the Transport Canada vessel registration.

The Vessel is No Longer Operational

You might want to delete your Transport Canada vessel registration because it’s no longer working, busted, or simply unsalvageable. After all, if you can no longer use the vessel, you no longer need to maintain the registration. Sure, some people think that they can handle this issue by simply not tending to their vessel registration anymore. While yes, this technique works, it’s recommended to make it official by simply filing for a certificate of deletion of the vessel and making sure that it is no longer a part of the registry. This way, you will have evidence of your discontinued use and the deletion of the vessel registration in question. 

Transport Canada Vessel Registration

Whether you need to get your Transport Canada vessel registration or delete it from the registry, we at the National Vessel Registry Center can help you with the process. All relevant forms are readily available on our website for you to fill out. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to reach out to us by calling +1 (800) 419-9569 or emailing us at