The pleasure craft license is not the same as the Pleasure Craft Operator Card, which you need if you want to drive a power driven craft. For more information about the pleasure craft operator card.
To transfer a licence to your name, submit the following documents:
If you do not have documents that prove you own the pleasure craft, you will be required to make a declaration under oath stating why you cannot produce the bill of sale or proof of ownership. You can use the sample declaration form provided on the website of Transport Canada.
When applying for a pleasure craft licence (that you'll display on the hull, above the waterline, on both sides of the bow), include a signed photocopy of your personal identification document. We will return the photocopy to you when we send you your licence. Your application and supporting documents must be mailed-in for processing to the Pleasure Craft Licensing Centre.
When you sell your pleasure craft, keep a copy of your bill of sale in case someone later questions the ownership of the vessel. Provide the new owner with a signed bill of sale. The new owner will then have to transfer the pleasure craft licence by sending an application form and the necessary documents by mail to the Pleasure Craft Licensing Centre. A pleasure craft that is the subject of a transfer of ownership may be operated until the day on which the new owner of the pleasure craft receives a transferred licence, up to a maximum of 90 days from the day of the transfer of ownership, if documents are carried on board confirming the name and address of the new owner and the date of the transfer of ownership.
The pleasure craft license is good throughout Canada: Ontario, Quebec, BC, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Nova scotia, NB, etc
For more information on the pleasure craft license application, you can call Transport Canada at 1-800-267-6687
Make sure that you have obtained your pleasure craft operator card for this summer, if you have not already done so.