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Fishing Vessel Registration Renewal - (Part 2)

An owner can renew a vessel’s registration within three months of the vessel registration expiry date.  Owners will be sent an invitation to renew the vessel registration up to three months prior to the vessel registration expiry date.

Renewing online

Renewing the registration costs £70. If you want to renew the registration, you can use the UK Ship Register online service.

To complete the renewal of your vessel’s registration, your Fishing Vessel Certificate must be valid for at least six months. If your Fishing Vessel Certificate is expiring sooner, please contact your MCA Marine Office to arrange an inspection.

  • Claim your vessel

    Before you can renew and if you have not already claimed your vessel, you will need to create an account for the UK Ship Register's online service.

    By using the online UK Ship Register service there is no requirement to sign or return any documents. Any required documents can be uploaded, and payments can be made online.

  • Renew by post or email 

    Please note, all owners must sign the renewal notice documentation and we cannot accept digital signatures. 

    If you want to renew by email:

    • Complete the renewal notice
    • Attach a clear scan or photo of the completed form to an email  
    • Send it with a copy of the current Certificate of Registry to us at

    If you want to renew by post complete the Renewal notice and return it with your current Certificate of Registry to the address below.

    You can make the renewal payment of £70 online.

    Once we have received your online application or renewal form, with any supporting documents and payment, a new Certificate of Registry will be issued. This is valid for five years.

  • Where to send your documents

  • Documents can be sent to us by email at 

    Documents can be posted to us at:

    UK Ship Register
    Maritime and Coastguard Agency
    Anchor Court
    Keen Road
    CF24 5JW

    We also can be contacted on +44 (0)20 3908 5200 for more information.

  • If you do not want to renew

    You do not need to do anything. Your registration will be closed automatically on the expiry date and Closed Transcripts can be sent to you as proof of this. The vessel's name will no longer be reserved for you and may be used immediately by another applicant.