Here’s How to Get Your Replacement Certificate if Something Happens to it

Replacement Certificate

The whole point of registering your vessels with Transport Canada is to get the corresponding documentation in order in accordance with the Canada Shipping Act. This will grant you your claim over your vessel without issue going forward just as long, of course, as you keep a physical copy on you. This is why a replacement certificate will come in handy.

Your Registration Certificate

Why do you register your commercial vessel with Transport Canada? Well, in part, you do this to comply with the national guidelines for vessels, of course, but this also helps you establish ownership over the vessel itself going forward. Now, because of this, it’s very important to have your certificate at hand while operating your vessel, for it represents the good standing of your vessel with the government and displays the authorization to operate. An official physical certificate will be mandatory, meaning that you need to keep such a copy on board whenever you’re operating. Because of this, it’s important to make sure such a copy is never missing from your vessel and protect it going forward.

Replacement CertificateDid Something Happen to Your Certificate?

So, if having your official copy of the certificate around is so imperative, what if something happens to it? Maybe it got wet and damaged or it went missing. In cases such as these, you are going to have to go through a particular process in order to make sure you are able to continue operating without a problem. No, a photocopy or a digital version of the certificate won’t be valid forms of documentation. If you’re stopped by the corresponding authorities and you don’t have an official copy of your certificate, you might end up having trouble. Hence, you have to request a replacement certificate from Transport Canada so that you’re able to receive another official certificate. 

Getting a Replacement Certificate

So, how do you take care of such a request? What do you have to do in order to receive a replacement certificate? It’s not as simple as re-downloading the certificate and printing it, but don’t worry, this isn’t that complicated. All you need to do is submit the form for a replacement request, which you will find here on our website. Your registration is still in order, after all, so there’s no need for you to go through the overall application process again. It won’t take long for you to receive the new certificate for you to keep aboard at all times and avoid potential problems.

Apply For a Replacement

Once you know what you need to do, it will be time to actually submit your replacement certificate request. You can do so directly and risk delays, or you can submit everything through our platform here at the National Vessel Registry Center Corp. We are always making sure that people have easier access to Transport Canada registration forms and applications, as well as the right venue through which to submit them. You’ll be able to find everything you need here on our website. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to reach out to us by calling +1 (800) 419-9569 or emailing us at