National Recreational Licensing System

National Recreational Licensing System


Welcome to the National Recreational Licensing System, where you can purchase or renew your licence to fish recreationally in tidal waters in British Columbia. To access the licensing system, please visit www.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/sportfish. Login to your account to obtain your tidal waters fishing licence for British Columbia. If this is the first time you have obtained a Tidal Waters Sport Fishing licence online, you will need to create an account. To do this, please select Register Now. Otherwise, enter your email address or licence number, along with your password, and click Login to access your account. To create your new account, type in your personal details. Please select a strong, secure password. You will be asked to provide answers for three secret questions. For added security, you may choose to add additional questions. By selecting this box, you agree to receive information from the Department of Fisheries and Oceans such as upcoming changes to the system. It is not mandatory that you select this box. By selecting this box, you agree to the terms and conditions for purchasing and using a licence for Tidal Waters fishing in British Columbia. To read the terms and conditions, please click here. It is mandatory that you select this box; if you do not select this box, you will not be able to continue. Check that the information is entered correctly, as some details, such as gender or eye colour, cannot be changed once the account has been created. If everything is correct, select ‘Continue’. After creating your account, or when you log into your existing account, you will automatically arrive at the Obtain a Licence page. Here, you can select the type of licence you wish to obtain. Click here to see a drop-down menu, and move your cursor over the choices to select. After you have clicked on the type of licence you require, please select the start date for the licence for all licence types except Annual licences. You may either type the date by entering the day, month, and year, or you can select the calendar icon with your cursor and choose the day. If you already have a licence, then you can skip this step by selecting your desired option in the left hand column. Select ‘Continue’. Confirm your transaction before payment. Please check that the name, address, and details are correct. If not, you may select ‘update profile’ to change them. Please check that the licence, start date, and end date are correct. If not, you can remove the licence by clicking here. You may also add a Salmon Conservation Stamp at this time. To add a stamp, please select ‘Add Additional Stamps’. This takes you to the Obtain a Recreational Fishing Stamp page. A Salmon Conservation Stamp is an annual stamp that is required for all fishers who wish to fish for salmon. If required, please select the stamp, and click ‘Continue’. The licence and stamp are now visible. View the total cost here. If additional licences are needed, select ‘Add Additional Licences’. Otherwise, click ‘Proceed to Payment’. From here, you will be directed towards a secure payment site where you can select a payment method. You can pay using a credit card, or if supported by your bank, by using your Interac enabled bank account. Some prepaid credit cards are accepted — the number must be embossed, and there must be an expiry date on the card. Steps to proceed with either method are outlined here. Please press ‘Proceed’. Review your order, and then select your method of payment. To use your credit card, enter your credit card information into these boxes, and select ‘Pay with your Credit Card’. To pay using Interac and your bank account, select ‘Pay from your Bank Account’. After your payment has been processed, a page will display which licenses are ready for printing. Press ‘print’, and a new screen will open, containing your licence. Print this licence, and carry this with you when you are engaged in any recreational fishing and related activities. It will read ‘Tidal Waters Sport Fishing Licence’ at the top. The confirmation of purchase, which will be emailed to you, is NOT your fishing licence. Once your licence has been printed, please return to your NRLS account and confirm by selecting your answer from the dropdown menu. If it did not print successfully, follow the instructions to try again. You are now ready to go fishing. You can also record your catch electronically and reprint your licence through your account. These are optional features that, in the event that you misplace your licence, you can reprint it and have an electronic record of your catch already filled in. Select Catch Log. Here, you will find you licence details. Select ‘Record Catches’. Enter the catch date, either by typing in the day, month, and year, or by selecting the date on the calendar icon. Then, use the dropdown menus to record the number of chinook, lingcod, or halibut that you caught. If you caught halibut, please enter the length of each fish. Next, select the catch area and catch zone in which you were recreationally fishing. You can find the numbers for the catch areas by selecting the map icon, which will provide a map of British Columbia. To find the number for the catch zone, select the catch area number on the map. This will show all zones within that area. Once you have entered your catch details, please select ‘Continue’. If you have lost your licence, you may reprint your licence, to a maximum of three times. To reprint, select ‘Licence Replacement’. Here, select ‘Print’. A drop down menu will appear asking for the reason for replacing your licence. Select your choice and then select print. You may only hold one valid licence at one time. Please select ‘Log Out’. For more information, please visit www.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/fm-gp/rec/licence-permis/index-eng.html. Contact us at 1-877-535-7307, from 8 am to 4 pm Monday to Friday, or email us at [email protected]

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