Transport Canada’s Pleasure Craft Registration Form Explained

Pleasure Craft Registration Form

We all know that submitting any sort of government paperwork, form, or application can be kind of obnoxious. After all, you never know when they are going to give you trouble for something you overlooked or ignored. Let’s take a look at what the pleasure craft registration form is and how you can submit it to Transport Canada.

What is a Pleasure Craft Licence?

When it comes to operating commercial vessels, owners tend to be aware that they need to get their vessel registered. However, this isn’t exactly the case for recreational vessels. Recreational ones will have to go through the pleasure craft licence application. This will grant permission to the vessel owner in question to operate recreationally in Canadian waters. It’s worth noting that this procedure itself is specifically meant to restrict unregulated commercial use. Commercial vessels can be used recreationally, but the opposite isn’t true. Does this mean that if your family has a rowboat you have to get a licence for it? No, don’t worry, not every single recreational boat needs to go through this process. 

Who Needs to Get the LicencePleasure Craft Registration Form

So, how do you know whether or not you should submit the pleasure craft registration form for your particular vessel? Well, that’s what we are here to help you with. There are actually very specific boating regulations set forth by Transport Canada for which ones do need the licence in question. If you have a pleasure craft equipped with motors of 10 horsepower (7.5 kilowatts) or more, even if it is a personal watercraft, that is maintained or operated in Canada, you will need to obtain the corresponding licence. Don’t worry, this process doesn’t have to be difficult or impossible, especially when you count on our team’s help throughout the process.

Submitting the Pleasure Craft Registration Form

The pleasure craft registration form is not complicated, but it definitely calls for particular attention to detail. After all, if you make mistakes throughout the application process, you might end up having to experience delays and inconveniences going forward. You will mostly just have to provide basic information about yourself (or the owner, in case you are acting on their behalf), as well as the vessel itself. This information will be put on the corresponding form, which you can later submit through our own platform. We want the process to be easier for you, after all, which is why we are here to help at every step of the way.

Transport Canada Registration

Once you know what you need as part of the process, it will be time to actually submit your pleasure craft registration form. 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 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