First Time Registration


Performance results:

Standard Target
Issuance of Provisional Certificate within 3 working days. 95%


This form should be submitted if the vessel is in a foreign port and a person intends to register it in the Canadian Register of Vessels; or if the vessel is in a port in Canada and the Chief Registrar is satisfied that permission to operate the vessel should be granted before a Certificate of Registry can be issued. Temporary permission for a registered owner may be granted to transport or operate a vessel in Canadian waters while their Application for Registry is in process or if the vessel has been sold to a new owner who is outside of Canada. The Provisional Certificate usually takes 5-7 days to process, while Applications for Registry may take up to 45 days.