Register a boat

4. The UK Ship Register

You can register your boat with the UK Ship Register for use at sea.

Part III registration

Register your boat on the Part III (Small Ships Register) if you want to prove the boat’s nationality when sailing outside UK waters.

This service is currently unavailable.

It costs £25 for 5 years.

To be eligible:

  • your boat must be less than 24 metres long
  • you must be a private individual (not a company)
  • you must live in the UK for at least 185 days of the year
  • your boat must have a name

For more information, read the full guidance notes.

You can make changes to an existing registration online, for example change of ownership, address or boat details.

You’ll be sent a renewal notice when it’s time to renew.

Part I registration

Register your boat on the Part I register if you want to:

  • prove you own the boat
  • prove your boat’s nationality
  • use the boat as security for a marine mortgage
  • register a pleasure vessel
  • get ‘transcripts of registry’, which show the boat’s previous owners and whether there are any outstanding mortgages

Your boat must have a unique name to be registered.

It costs £124 to register for 5 years.

How to apply

You’ll need to have:

Send the following supporting documents:

  • certificate of survey for tonnage and measurement
  • international tonnage certificate if the boat is over 24 metres
  • certificate of incorporation if you’re registering on behalf of a company
  • deletion certificate if your boat was previously on another register
  • confirmation of radio call sign if you have one

To pay the registration fee you can:

You’ll be sent a renewal notice when it’s time to renew. It costs £49 to renew your registration for another 5 years.

Find other forms and guidance for the UK Ship Register.

Small commercial vessels

Contact the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) if you want to register a commercial vessel over 100 gross tonnes (GT).

You need to contact the UK Ship Register for vessels under 100 GT.

Contact

Part III registration (Small Ships Register)
ssr_registry@mcga.gov.uk
Telephone: +44 (0)29 2044 8813
Fax: +44 (0)29 2044 8850
Find out about call charges

Part I registration
part1_registry@mcga.gov.uk
Telephone: +44 (0)29 2044 8866
Fax: +44 (0)29 2044 8820
Find out about call charges

UK Ship Register (The Registry of Shipping and Seamen)
Telephone: +44 (0)29 2044 8800
Find out about call charges

UK Ship Register (The Registry of Shipping and Seamen)
MCA Cardiff
Anchor Court
Keen Road
Cardiff
CF24 5JW