Our foreign page contains
information, articles, data, and other resources regarding the placement
and removal of yachts with foreign registry systems. It serves as a
gateway to our collection of services, forms, and guidelines related to
foreign registration and titling. You will also find items about
importing or exporting vessels, translations, and other foreign boating
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Up-to-date ownership mailing lists in various formats
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FOREIGN YACHT REGISTRY INFORMATION
Vessel Title Advisor -
Answers to frequently asked questions about foreign yacht registries as
they relate to vessel documentation and boat registration..
- Learn about deregistration requirements and how to obtain
deregistration certifications from state and federal agencies.
About Foreign Registry
- An overview of foreign registry systems and how they relate to U.S. Coast
Guard vessel documentation and state level boat titling.
Foreign Registry Summary -
Links to Information, forms, and databases for yacht registry and provincial
boat licensing in various foreign countries.
Authorities - A listing of countries that subscribe
to the Hague Convention and can issue internationally recognized
Delaware Yacht Registration
- Information and resources for domestic and foreign owners when
registering a boat in the State of Delaware.
Brokers - Visit our directory page for a listing of licensed customs house brokers that can
assist with importing vessels.
Translation Services -
Professional translation services for translating foreign vessel documents
to meet the requirements of state and federal agencies.
Foreign Registry Services
- Service companies that can assist with the removal and placement of vessels
into foreign registries.
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services. We also welcome any inquiries you may have about items not
Foreign countries typically employ vessel registry or flagging systems similar
to our federal system which is administered by the U.S. Coast Guard. The vessel and its
owners must meet certain qualifications, certificates of registry are
issued, abstracts of title or transcripts are maintained, and mortgages
can be recorded against the vessel. There are also deregistration
procedures that apply when removing or transferring a vessel from such
While there is nothing that
prohibits Coast Guard documentation of foreign built or registered vessels,
such conditions may preclude the acquisition of certain trade
endorsements. The documentation procedures are the same, except the
National Vessel Documentation Center will require evidence of removal
from the foreign registry system.
The main area of concern
when dealing with foreign vessels is the language under which the ships
papers are written. English versions are issued by many countries, but
this is not always the case. The services of a qualified translator may
therefore be required in order to convert such documents into a format acceptable
for the respective country. Other issues that may need to be addressed are
notary authentications, lien searches, and matters of customs clearance.
Vessels which are registered at the federal level of any country
must usually become deregistered before they can be placed under a
different flag or titling system. In such cases, a deregistration
certification from the prior registry must be presented when filing
under a new flag. As this
is a standard practice, certificates of deregistration are readily
available from the respective U.S. and foreign agencies.
The U.S. Coast Guard does
not require a certificate of deregistration when documenting vessels
previously registered on the state or provincial level. All it requires
is a copy of the registration certificate itself. However, this is not
always the case when placing such vessel under a foreign flag.
foreign agencies will require a deregistration certification, regardless
of the manner in which the vessel was previously registered. This creates a real
dilemma for some foreign buyers, because state and provincial agencies
do not typically issue deregistration certifications. These agencies are
in fact, mostly unaware that such requirements even exist. A foreign buyer may at
best obtain something scribbled across the face of a record print-out, but this will not suffice
in most cases.
In order to address this
issue, we have developed a standard "Deregistration Certification" form
that can be used by any state registration agency. In submitting the
form for a signature, it must be properly completed,
accompanied by a letter of explanation, and a seller's report of sale
must be included unless previously submitted. Under these circumstances,
most registration clerks will execute and return the form by mail to the location of your