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Pleasure Vessel New Registration (Part 1)

If you want to apply to register your pleasure vessel, you can use the UK Ship Register online service.

You will need to provide supporting documents and pay the appropriate fee. The Application to Register and Declaration of Eligibility forms are not required if submitting your application online.

Please note, you will need to print off and sign any documents, as we cannot accept digital signatures. 

Documents required for pleasure vessel (Part 1) registration

  • Application to Register MSF 4740 (A)
  • Declaration of Eligibility MSF 4727
  • Five years title history in the form of Bills of Sale to the new owner MSF 4705
  • Builders Certificate (for vessels built within the last five years) MSF 4743
  • Copy of Certificate of Incorporation (if the owner is a body corporate)
  • UK Certificate of Survey for Tonnage and Measurement issued within the last 12 months by a UK Certifying Authority
  • International Tonnage Certificate (ITC69) (for vessels more than 24m)
  • Deletion certificate/transcript from the current register or a written undertaking to provide 
    one within six weeks
  • Copy of the Ships Radio licence with call sign, applications can be made with Ofcom
  • Online payment of £153 registration fee via GOV.UK secure payment link (for five year period)

Once we’ve received the documentation, a Carving and Marking Note will be issued. This will need to be witnessed by the vessel owner or inspector if less than 24 metres, or by a UK Certifying Authority if over 24 metres. Once completed, it will need to be returned to us via email. Then we can issue the Certificate of Registry.

Please note that any documents used to support your application for Pleasure Vessel (Part 1) Registration, if not in English, must be accompanied by a notarised translation.

UK authorised Certifying Authorities can be viewed on GOV.UK

  • Where to send your documents

  • Documents can be sent to us by email at or by post to:

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

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