Application for Pleasure Craft Licence - TP15049 (2016)

GENERAL INFORMATION

Use this form to:

  • apply for a new licence;
  • transfer an existing licence (when you buy a used boat, it is your responsibility to transfer the pleasure craft licence);
  • update your licence information;
  • obtain a duplicate licence; or
  • cancel a licence.

You may now choose to receive your Pleasure Craft Licence by e-mail - Please indicate your preferred delivery method on this form (e-mail or post).

Online Submissions

Transport Canada, the Office of Boating Safety now offers clients the option of submitting their request for a Pleasure Craft Licence online. Visit our website, noted below for more information on this NEW program.

Why do I need a pleasure craft licence?

A valid pleasure craft licence helps law enforcement and search and rescue workers identify pleasure craft in emergency situations. By law, any pleasure craft, including a personal watercraft, that is powered by one or more motors adding up to 10 hp (7.5 kW) or more must have a valid licence. You must display the licence number on both sides of the bow of your boat in block characters that are at least 7.5 centimetres (3 inches) high, and in a colour that contrasts with the colour of the bow.

Due to recent changes in the Canada Shipping Act, 2001, pleasure craft licences are now valid for ten (10) years. If there are changes to your name or particulars of your vessel or address in that time, you must update your licence.

There is no charge for a pleasure craft licence.

For more information, visit Transport Canada's Office of Boating Safety (www.tc.gc.ca/boatingsafety) or call the Boating Safety Infoline at 1-800-267-6687.

HOW TO FILL OUT THE APPLICATION FOR PLEASURE CRAFT LICENCE

To license a pleasure craft that has never been licensed:

  • Complete Part A.
  • In Part C, select “Domestic” if your boat was purchased in Canada, or “Foreign” if it was purchased outside of Canada.
  • Select “New” in the “Reason for the application” section.
  • Complete Part D.
  • Complete Part F.

The following supporting documentation must be provided with your application:

  • This completed application form;
  • a signed photocopy of a valid piece of government-issued identification (see 1) for each owner whose name is to appear on the pleasure craft licence;
  • a copy of the bill of sale or other proof of ownership (see 2); and
  • a current full-side view colour photograph of the pleasure craft (see 3).

For new home built boats, as there is no bill of sale, you must also include the following:

  • A declaration under oath that states who built the boat. You may use the sample declaration or other similar document, as long as it contains all the required information.

The completed application form must have the “home built” box checked off in Part (D).

To transfer a pleasure craft licence:

  • Complete Part A.
  • Complete Part B by writing the current licence number of the pleasure craft in the space provided.
  • Select “Transfer” in the “Reason for the application” section.
  • Complete Part D.
  • Complete Part E.
  • Complete Part F.

The following supporting documentation must be provided with your application:

  • This completed application form;
  • a signed photocopy of a valid piece of government-issued identification (see 1) for each owner whose name is to appear on the pleasure craft licence;
  • a copy of the bill of sale or other proof of ownership (see 2); and
  • a current full-side view colour photograph of the pleasure craft (see 3).

To update the information on your pleasure craft licence:

  • Complete Part A.
  • Complete Part B by writing the current licence number of the pleasure craft in the space provided.
  • Select “Update Information” in the “Reason for the application” section.
  • Complete Part D.
  • Complete Part F.

Note 1: If you are changing your name as it appears on your licence, you will need to show a document of legal name change (a photocopy of the documents is preferred and acceptable).

The following supporting documentation must be provided with your application:

  • This completed application form;
  • a signed photocopy of a valid piece of government-issued identification (see 1) for each owner whose name appears on the pleasure craft licence; and
  • a current full-side view colour photograph of the pleasure craft (see 3).

To get a duplicate licence:

  • Complete Part A.
  • Complete Part B by writing the current licence number of the pleasure craft in the space provided.
  • Select “Duplicate” in the “Reason for the application” section.
  • Complete Part D.
  • Complete Part F.

The following supporting documentation must be provided with your application:

  • This completed application form; and
  • a signed photocopy of a valid piece of government-issued identification (see 1) for each owner whose name appears on the pleasure craft licence.

The photograph of the pleasure craft is NOT required when requesting a duplicate of your pleasure craft licence.

To cancel a pleasure craft licence:

  • Complete Part A.
  • Complete Part B by noting the current licence number of the pleasure craft in the space provided.
  • Select “Cancellation” in the “Reason for the application” section.
  • Complete Part F.

The following supporting documentation must be provided with your application:

  • This completed application form;
  • A signed photocopy of a valid piece of government-issued identification (see 1) for each owner whose name appears on the pleasure craft licence;
  • A copy of the bill of sale or other proof of ownership (see 2);
  • A current full side-view colour photograph of the pleasure craft (see 3); and
  • A note explaining the reason for the cancellation (for example, the boat is no longer seaworthy; has been destroyed; will not be primarily maintained and operated in Canada; or, the pleasure craft will be registered).

Note 2: A pleasure craft licence can only be cancelled if the boat is no longer seaworthy, has been destroyed, will no longer be primarily maintained or operated in Canada, or the pleasure craft will be registered.

If you have sold your boat, the onus is on the new owner to transfer the Pleasure Craft Licence to their name. They are the only ones permitted to cancel the licence.

SUPPORTING DOCUMENTATION

  1. A valid piece of government-issued identification can be:
    • A provincial territorial birth certificate;
    • A certificate of Canadian citizenship;
    • A Canadian passport; or
    • A provincial/territorial driver’s licence.

Note 3: A provincial health card cannot be used as proof of identification.

Non-residents may use valid government-issued identification from their own country.

  1. The proof of ownership or bill of sale document should include the following:
    • The business name, address and signature of a representative of the company or the full name, address and signature of the previous owner;
    • date of sale;
    • name, address and signature of the new owner;
    • description of the pleasure craft (make, model and other particulars noted on the application);
    • Hull Serial Number (HIN) or Compliance Label Number (if available); and
    • Pleasure craft licence number (if already licensed).
  2. The photograph of the boat must meet the following requirements:
    • Minimum 4” X 6” colour photograph of the pleasure craft (photo must be clear);
    • good lighting conditions; and
    • the boat should not be surrounded by other boats.

For additional information and an example of an acceptable photograph, please visit Transport Canada’s Office of Boating Safety website.

SUBMITTING YOUR APPLICATION

Complete and sign the application form and mail it with the required documents to:

Pleasure Craft Licensing Centre
P.O. Box 2006
Fredericton, New-Brunswick E3B 5G4

Please allow five (5) business days plus mailing time to process your application. Applications cannot be processed unless you provide complete information and include all the required supporting documentation (photocopies of the supporting documentation are preferred and acceptable – no documentation will be retained).

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