Updating british ships registration
Licensing is free, and legally very different from registration, which was designed for ships.
All pleasure craft powered by an engine 10 horsepower (7.5 k W) or more must be licensed unless the boat has a vessel registration.
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Take a "bill of sale" signed by the previous owner and the completed transfer form (reverse side of Pleasure Craft Licence form) to Service Canada.
If the boat has a provincial digraph followed by digits (BC12345 is British Columbia), the licence was issued by Service Canada on behalf of Transport Canada.
A license number that begins with "C" (e.g., C00000BC) is a Small Commercial Vessel licensed prior to 2007 - these are now registered in the Small Vessel Registry of Transport Canada.
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