UK Ship Registration Service

With the UK Ship register online service you can apply to register your vessel, manage your vessel registration and stay up to date with your applications progress.

If you are applying to the UK Ship Register for the first time, either to reserve a vessel name or for a new or provisional registration you will need to sign up to use the service. This also applies if you are registering a new build vessel.

If your vessel is already registered with the UK Ship Register, you will first need to claim your vessel to allow you to manage your vessel registration online, you will need proof of identity, your Certificate of Registry, and either the the Bill of Sale or a Declaration of ownership.

If you have bought a vessel that has an existing registration you will also need to claim your vessel. You may be required to provide additional information in order to complete the registration.

Each owner will need to sign up to use the service, provide their personal details, complete declarations of eligibility and agree to our terms of service as detailed in our privacy notice.

Additional information


The following types of transcripts are available subject to you meeting data & GDPR legislation:

  • Ships transcript

  • Closed transcript 

  • Historic transcripts 

For further information on Transcripts, please click here.

Transfer In or Transfer Out

Information on how to Transfer In can be found here.

Information on how to Transfer Out can be found here.