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Can you get a temporary boat license in Canada?

Canada Boating LicenseYes,® offers a temporary boating license option for anyone looking to go boating in Canada. 

As a Transport Canada-accredited provider since 1999,  our fast online process allows you to obtain a temporary boating license quickly and easily, allowing you to get out on the water today.

Urgently need a boating license for a last-minute boat trip? Canadian law requires operators of powered watercraft to have a valid boating license, known as a Pleasure Craft Operator Card.® streamlines this process, making it quick and easy to get your temporary boating license online.

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Who can obtain a Temporary Canadian Boating License?

There are no restrictions on who can obtain a temporary boating license in Canada. You do not have to be a resident of Canada and there is no minimum age requirement

If you can understand the online boating safety course, you are eligible to obtain a temporary Transport Canada boaters license.

The temporary Pleasure Craft Operator Card is proof that you have passed the Transport Canada exam and can legally operate a pleasure craft in Canada.

How to get a Temporary Boating License in Canada

You can obtain a temporary boating license in 3 simple steps:

  1. Study our easy-to-follow online boating course
  2. Pass 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.
  3. Once you have passed the boating exam you will immediately receive a temporary boaters license (PCOC) that you can print at home and go boating straight away

If you want to test your boating knowledge before taking the final Transport Canada exam, you can review our free study guide and take the free boater license practice test.

How long does it take to get a temporary Canadian boating license?

On average it takes 3-4 hours to obtain a temporary Canadian boating license . This includes the time required to study the online boating safety course and pass the Transport Canada boater exam.

How long is the temporary Boating License valid for in Canada?

Boat Operators CardThe temporary Pleasure Craft Operator Card (PCOC) is valid for 60 days from the date of issue (i.e. 60 days from the day you passed your Transport Canada exam).

Once you have completed the online Transport Canada exam you will be able to print your temporary boaters license (PCOC) and go boating straight away. Your permanent Pleasure Craft Operator Card will also be mailed free of charge to your address. The permanent Pleasure Craft Operator Card does not expire.

How much does a Temporary Canadian Boating License cost?

A temporary Canadian boaters license costs $39. This is a one-time fee and includes everything you need to obtain your official temporary boating license, including:

  • the cost of the course;
  • the Transport Canada exam;
  • the temporary boating license; and
  • the permanent boating license mailed to your address.

Benefits of obtaining a Temporary Boating License

A temporary boating license is a great option for those who are planning a short-term boating trip in Canada. 

It allows you to legally operate a pleasure boat or jet ski in any province or territory in Canada without having to wait for your permanent Pleasure Craft Operator Card (PCOC) to arrive by mail (which can take up to 2 weeks). It’s also a great option for:

  • Non-residents keen on boating in Canadian waters.
  • Anyone that has recently changed their name and needs to get on the water soon
  • Anyone who has lost or damaged their PCOC and needs to go boating today

Plus, you can obtain a temporary boating license quickly and easily through our online process.® makes it easy.’s temporary Transport Canada boating license is a convenient and affordable solution for those planning a last-minute boating trip in Canada. 

Whether you’re a resident of Canada or just visiting, our easy online process allows you to legally operate any sized pleasure craft without having to wait for your permanent operator card to arrive in the mail. Don’t let time hold you back from hitting the water, get your temporary boating license today!


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