Getting your Licence

The Department’s licensing services are now largely provided through the national online licensing system. To register to use the system and to learn how to complete tasks such as renewing a fishing licence, paying fees, and printing licensing-related documents, select one of the following two options:

Note: A DFO client includes holders of fishing licences managed by Fisheries and Oceans Canada, including commercial licences, commercial-communal licences, and recreational fishing licences in Eastern Canada (Atlantic Canada and Quebec), as well as registered fish harvesters.

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DFO Client

To get your licence, you need to first register an account on the national online licensing system. To do this, ensure you have:

  • A GCKey or Sign-In Partner user ID and password
  • A DFO passcode
  • An E-mail address

Need help?

The videos and documents below will guide you step by step through the registration process:

Once you are registered on the system, you may get your licence and complete other licence-related tasks:

  • Appoint a representative to do business for you using the licensing system;
  • Pay the fees to renew your fishing licence, vessel registration, or fisher registration card;
  • Print your fishing licence, licence conditions, other licensing-related documents, fee invoices, and payment receipts.

Need help?

The following videos and documents will help you complete licensing tasks using the system:

There are also some general training tools:

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DFO Client Representative

To use the licensing system on behalf of a DFO client, you must first register an account on the system. To do this, ensure you have:

  • A GCKey or Sign-In Partner user ID and password
  • A DFO passcode* or DFO online profile
  • An E-mail address

*If you do not have a DFO passcode, you need to register an online profile with the Department in order to become a representative.

Need help?

The videos and documents below will guide you step by step through the registration process:

Once you are registered on the system, you must get a delegation code and provide it to the DFO client(s) who want to appoint you as their representative. After you have been designated as a representative, you will be able to use the system on behalf of your DFO client(s) to:

  • Pay the fees to renew their fishing licence, vessel registration, or fisher registration card; and
  • Print their fishing licence, licence conditions, other licensing-related documents, and payment receipts.

Need help?

The following guide will help you with the delegation code process:

To learn more about how to complete licensing transactions using the national online licensing system, review the step-by-step guides and training material prepared for DFO clients.

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