Vessel licensing and registration

Canadian Register of Vessels, Small Vessel Register, pleasure craft licensing, coasting trade licence.

vessel licensing

Services and information

Find out if you need to license or register your vessel

Quick questionnaire, license pleasure craft, Small Vessel Register, Canadian Register of Vessels, exemptions.

About licensing and registration

Requirements, exemptions, qualified owners, individual or joint ownership.


Pleasure craft licensing

License a pleasure craft, manage pleasure craft licence, updates and changes to licence, boat dealer demonstration licence.

Canadian Register of Vessels

Register commercial vessels and pleasure craft, transfer ownership, report changes, manage registration, manage marine and builder’s mortgages, get vessel information.


Small Vessel Register

Register a small commercial vessel, transfer ownership, renew registration, report a change.

Recording a vessel under construction

Vessels under construction in Canada by a Canadian builder.


Researching a registered vessel

Vessel Registration Query System, transcripts, vessel history.

Bareboat vessels

Bareboat charters in and out of Canada, list a vessel in the Canadian Register of Vessels.


Coasting trade

What is coasting trade in Canada, coasting trade licence, advance notification for foreign vessels.