I wanted to make sure so I sent Transport Canada an email asking. Here is the reply:
Good afternoon Clifford,
Thank you for contacting Transport Canada’s Office of Boating Safety.
You will need to apply for a ‘New’ Pleasure Craft License (PCL) and you will be issued a set of numbers that you will need to display on the front of your Argo.
Please find below, directions on how to apply for a Pleasure Craft License (PCL). There are no fees associated when you license a pleasure craft. If you complete the application online and choose to have the license delivered via email, you will receive a 90 day temporary license within 15 business days. The permanent license would also be delivered to your email as well, so it is always recommended to monitor the junk and spam folders because some email providers will deliver it there. For your convenience, I have attached the Pleasure Craft License Application Kit and Transport Canada Safe Boating Guide which contains safety tips and requirements for pleasure crafts. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us.
There are two ways to apply for a license – electronic method through online submission, OR, paper based method via Canada Post.
Electronic Pleasure Craft Licence Application
To apply for a licence using the online electronic method (quickest method), please access this link: http://www.tc.gc.ca/eng/marinesafety/debs-obs-paperwork-paperwork_boat_licence-3212.htm. You must have a printer available to print the temporary licence until the final paperwork arrives. You must be able to attach a copy of the bill of sale, a scanned copy of valid government I.D. and a full side view picture of the boat. This takes about 5 business days to process should you wish to choose this method.
Pleasure Craft License Paper Application
To apply for the pleasure craft license via the paper application and mailing through Canada Post, you can access the link here: http://wwwapps.tc.gc.ca/Corp-Serv-Gen/5/forms-formulaires/download/84-0172_BO_PD. Please be advised that, if you choose this method, it could take up to 3 weeks before you receive the final paperwork back.
1. Complete Part A.
2. Complete Part B by noting the current license number of the pleasure craft in the space provided.
3. Select "Transfer" in the "Reason for the application" section.
4. Complete Part D.
5. Complete Part E.
6. Complete Part F.
You will need to send the following documents:
The completed application form;
A signed photocopy of a valid piece of government-issued identification for each owner whose name appears on the pleasure craft license (both sides);
A copy of the bill of sale or other proof of ownership; and,
A current full side-view colour photograph of the pleasure craft (ability to read license number on front of the bow).
Other proof of ownership:
Wills and bequest
Separation or divorce agreements
Signed agreements of transfer of ownership (sale/purchase agreement)
The mailing address for the Pleasure Craft Licensing Centre is:
Pleasure Craft Licensing Centre
P.O. Box 2006
Fredericton, New Brunswick
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 license.
Note: A provincial health card cannot be used as proof of identification.
Note: Non-residents may use valid government-issued identification from their own country.
Should you have any problems, questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to get in touch.
Boating Safety Officer, Marine Safety and Security, Ontario Region
Transport Canada / Government of Canada
/ Tel: 226-402-2449 / TTY: 1-888-675-6863
Agent de sécurité nautique, Sûreté et sécurité maritimes, région de l’Ontario
Transports Canada / Gouvernement du Canada
/ Tél: 226-402-2449 / ATS: 1-888-675-6863