When to Worry About Changing Boat Registration in Ontario

It’s obviously very important to get your boat registration in order, but it will be just as important to keep it that way going forward. This means that, should any information related to the boat change at some point, you will have to update the registration accordingly. Let’s talk about the different ways of changing boat registration in Ontario.

Changing the Name of a Boat

The name of a boat is not just going to be the name by which you might refer to your boat among your family, friends, or colleagues. It will also be the name under which the boat itself is going to be registered with the corresponding government agencies. That is why, if you want to change the name of the boat, you will need to go through the process of officially changing it with the Canadian vessel registry. There are different ways for you to update your Transport Canada vessel registration, but if you are specifically changing the name then you will have to use the change of vessel name form, which you can find here on our website. You might have to provide a few different names in case your first choice is taken, though, so keep that in mind.

changing boat registration in Ontario

Adding an Owner to the Registration

Now, in the case that you are not changing the name but rather the ownership arrangements themselves, you will have to go through a similar process. What you will have to do is use the form for a transfer of ownership, even if you aren’t transferring the vessel to someone else. You have to note, however, that in order for someone to be eligible for ownership of the vessel, even if it is shared, they have to be a Canadian citizen, a Canadian resident, or a corporation incorporated under the laws of Canada. If they are any of these, then they can be added to the registry of the vessel along with the current owner.

Updating Addresses and Ports of Registry

Another way in which you might end up needing to update your registration might be the address or the port of registry to which it’s tied to. These are both very important components of a boat’s registration, so if either of these two things change at some point, you will need to update the registration accordingly. If what you are changing isn’t your address but your port of registry, that being the main hailing port where your boat is registered, then you will have to make use of a different form. This will be the form for the transfer of port of registry, which is the same form that you would use when changing the name of the vessel. Similarly, there will be a form for you to change the address under which a boat is registered

Changing Boat Registration in Ontario

We understand that no one likes having to file paperwork, which is why we’ve made an effort to make it easier for everyone. Here on our website, you will be able to find all the forms you might need as part of the update process for your convenience. And not only will you be able to fill them out here, but you can also submit them. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to reach out to us by calling +1 (800) 419-9569 or email us at info@canadianvesselregistry.ca.