Replace Your Lost Boaters License
Lost or Damaged Your License?
Losing your boating license in BC can be a frustrating and stressful experience.
Without a valid boaters license (also known as a Pleasure Craft Operator Card), you can’t legally operate a boat in BC and you may face a minimum fine of $250 if you do. But don’t worry, MyBoatCard.com® can help you replace your lost or damaged PCOC today.
We’ll cover all the information you need to quickly and easily obtain a replacement for your lost or damaged Pleasure Craft Operator Card in BC. We will also show you how to get some back-up boating cards so you never run into this problem again!
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How do I replace a lost boating license in BC?
There are 2 ways to replace a lost or damaged boating license in BC:
1. Contact Your Course Provider
The fastest way to get a replacement Pleasure Craft Operator Card (PCOC) is to contact the boating license provider that you originally passed your boating license exam with and obtained your PCOC from.
If you obtained your PCOC from MyBoatCard.com, simply email email@example.com and include in the email:
- Your name
- Your DOB
- Your shipping address where you would like the replacement card(s) sent to
- The number of replacement cards you would like
Once payment has been received, MyBoatCard.com® will provide you with a temporary boating license (PCOC) that you can print at home and go boating straight away. Your replacement cards will be shipped out within 48 hours.
Please note that only course providers that are currently accredited by Transport Canada are permitted to issue replacement cards.
2. Contact Transport Canada
If you did not originally pass the boating license test with MyBoatCard.com or if the company you did pass it with is no longer in business or you can’t remember which company you got it from – you will need to contact Transport Canada and ask them to provide you with an Authorization Letter.
You can contact Transport Canada by phone or email to request your authorization letter.
- Boating Safety Infoline: 1-800-267-6687
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Once you have received this Authorization Letter, please email it to email@example.com along with the following information and we will be able to issue you a replacement card:
What is the cost of a replacement card in BC?
The cost of replacing a lost or damaged boating license (PCOC) in BC is $17.95 for the first replacement card. Additional PCOCs ordered at the same time are only $7.95 each. Shipping and handling is free. You can order as many replacement copies of your PCOC as you like.
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Why you should have spare cards?
Don’t run the risk of not being able to boat this summer.
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It is mandatory to have your Pleasure Craft Operator Card (or other proof of competency) with you when operating a power boat or PWC in BC. To avoid the risk of missing out on a day on the water, get extra cards and keep them easily accessible. Don’t spend time looking for your card this summer!
To order a replacement card, email : firstname.lastname@example.org
We recommend you keep a card:
- In your boat.
- In your tackle box.
- In your vehicle.
- As a backup incase you lose one.
Do boating licenses expire in BC?
No, your boating license (PCOC) never expires in BC. It is good for life and valid nationwide. There are no annual fees.
Can you drive a boat without a license in BC?
No, you need to have a boating license (Pleasure Craft Operator Card) or another proof of competency to drive a boat in BC.
Anybody who operates a motorized boat or PWC in BC must have proof of competency regardless of your age, engine horsepower or length of the craft. Proof of competency is a document that certifies that an individual is aware of the fundamental principles of boating in BC and has the knowledge to operate a boat safely.
The most common proof of competency in BC is a Pleasure Craft Operator Card (PCOC).
Even if your boat is equipped with an electric trolling motor or a motor less than 10hp, you need a boaters license (PCOC).
What is the fine for driving a boat without a license in BC?
The minimum fine for operating a boat without a license (or other proof of competency) in BC is $250.
Can you get a temporary boat license in BC?
Yes, you will get a temporary boat license in BC once you have completed the online boating safety course and passed the Transport Canada boating exam. You will be issued with a temporary boating license (PCOC) which you can print at home and go boating straight away.
The temporary PCOC is valid for 60 days from the date of issue (the day you passed your Transport Canada exam).
Printing the temporary boaters license allows you to go boating straight away while you wait for your permanent Pleasure Craft Operator Card to arrive in the mail.
The temporary Pleasure Craft Operator Card is proof that you have passed the Transport Canada exam and can legally operate a pleasure craft in BC.
How do I get a new Pleasure Craft Operator Card in BC?
To get your Pleasure Craft Operator Card in BC :
- Study our easy-to-follow BC boating course. You can study at your own pace – your progress is tracked as you log in and out.
- Take the Official Transport Canada boating exam online. No need to worry – the exam is open book and our course includes everything you need to know to pass. Exam retries are free and unlimited.
- Print a temporary Pleasure Craft Operator Card (PCOC) at home and go boating straight away. Your permanent PCOC will be mailed to you in British Columbia within 48 hours!
Your boating license never expires and is valid to use nationwide.
If you want to test your boating knowledge before taking the final Transport Canada exam, you can take the free BC boater license practice test.
TRY IT. FREE.
Transport Canada approved Boater Safety Course is free.
Take the course in your own time and risk free.
Other providers try to get you to pay upfront before you even have a chance to try out their course!
MyBoatCard.com® has been BC’s trusted provider of boating safety education since 1999. Our Transport Canada approved Pleasure Craft Operator Card is valid for use nationwide.
MyBoatCard.com® is headquartered in Vancouver, BC. We aim to provide the best value and educational experience to all Canadians. We also guarantee the fastest shipping in BC. We will manufacture and ship your card in under 48 hours.
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MyBoatCard.com® is accredited by Transport Canada to deliver boating safety courses and administer tests for the issuance of Pleasure Craft Operator Cards, including replacement cards, under the Competency of Operators of Pleasure Craft Regulations.