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Pleasure Craft Licensing
How to License your Pleasure Craft

Vessel License


1.     All pleasure craft powered by a 10 horsepower (7.5 kW) or more must have a pleasure craft license unless they have a vessel registration. 

2.     A copy of the Pleasure Craft License must be on board at all times

3.     The license number must show on both sides of the bow in a contrasting colour to the hull, in letters and numbers at least 7.5 cm (3 inches) high.

4.     Licenses are free and valid for 10 years

5.     Any changes in ownership or address or boat particulars must be updated at the Pleasure Craft Licensing Centre

6.     The fine for operating a vessel without a license is $250. 

7.     When a boat is sold, new owners have 90 days to change the license and may operate the vessel under the original license.

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