NEW Pleasure Craft Electronic Licensing System



Transport Canada, Marine Safety is pleased to announce its new « PLEASURE CRAFT ELECTRONIC LICENSING SYSTEM ».

The new on-line system will allow pleasure craft owners to:

  • Apply for a pleasure craft licence. Users will be able to UPLOAD and submit documents, and immediately receive an acknowledgment number (valid for 90 days) to mark on the side of the boat.
  • Applicants can receive a copy of the pleasure craft licence by e-mail, which reduces mailing times, and allows the owner to retrieve a copy of the Pleasure Craft licence anywhere!

NOTE: Boat dealers may still submit the “Application for a Pleasure Craft Licence” online on behalf of their clients.

  1. Update contact information (change of address; change of name; telephone number).
  2. Advise Transport Canada of any modifications made to their boat.
  3. Apply for a transfer of a licensed pleasure craft.

To learn more about the new Pleasure Craft Electronic Licensing System (PCELS) and what it means for you, please visit the Transport Canada website at

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