What is a Pleasure Craft License? What Do You Need it For?

Have you been wondering just what is a pleasure craft license? Have you been deciding whether a pleasure craft license or vessel registration is right for you and your vessel? The truth is that they’re very different things. For many, getting a pleasure craft license will be a necessity, a way of being able to use…

Processing Your Pleasure Craft License Online

If you own a pleasure craft, you’ll normally go through Transport Canada to process a pleasure craft license. However, this method can get confusing, whether or not you’ve previously owned a boat. If you want to register or license your boat, it’s easier to go through us, the National Vessel Registry Center. So, why should…

The Benefits of Vessel Registration and How to Do It Online

Owning your own boat is one life’s great pleasures. Having the freedom to escape the daily rat race and venture out onto the lake whenever you want is a privilege worth preserving. Since you value this pastime and cherish the memories made with loved ones on your boat, it may be worth considering vessel registration.…

The Costs of a Pleasure Craft License and Its Registration

Boating is not an inexpensive leisure activity. Beyond the often significant cost of purchasing a boat, maintenance, equipment, and storage fees can quickly put a dent in your wallet. While you may have accounted for these costs when budgeting out how much you can spend on a new boat, have you considered the costs of…

How to Obtain a Pleasure Craft License to Boat in Ontario

Boating can give you an unmatched sense of freedom. Ontario, which is home to hundreds of thousands of lakes and waterways, is in many ways a boater’s paradise, and an ideal setting for you to explore and fish. Before you load up your vessel, however, you will want to make sure that you have secured…

The Difference Between a Pleasure Craft License and an Operator Card

When you own a pleasure craft, things may get confusing, if you don’t make some distinctions. For example, a pleasure craft license, also called a PCL, is not the same as an operator card. Both documents are required for different reasons. The following information will assist you in making these distinctions. What is a Pleasure…

Do You Need a Pleasure Craft License? How Do You Get It?

Transport Canada (TC) makes the rules clear about owning a pleasure craft and obtaining a pleasure craft license. A pleasure craft represents a boat that is used for recreation and does not carry passengers or commercial loads.  The definition of the vessel is defined under Canada’s 2001 Shipping Act. While a passenger is someone who pays…

Common Questions About Canada’s Pleasure Craft License Answered

Did you recently purchase a Canadian vessel and aren’t sure whether to get a pleasure craft license or not? Do you know if you should license your vessel, get it registered, or both? It’s important to do the right thing for yourself as well as your vessel, but it can also be a bit confusing…

What Should You Do When Your Canadian Pleasure Craft License Expires?

All documentation registered in Canada has an expiration date. The pleasure craft license is by no means an exemption. It’s important you know what to do before the time comes. You should check the expiration date on the license once in a while to be aware when the time limit is close at hand. Transport…