Register your boat or yacht in Delaware (USA)
You have purchased a new or used boat somewhere in the world and the broker asks you; “under which flag will the boat be registered?” Many countries have very time consuming flag registrations or have all kind of maritime restrictions or worse, very high fees for registering your boat. The good news is; you do not have to register the boat in the country you live!
You can register your boat in a country that has a fast, efficient, low cost registration and no inspection! The state of Delaware in the USA offers all the above and thus it is the perfect flag and why it is so popular in the maritime world. We can register your boat under US flag in as little as 3 days and you do not need any boat survey or other time consuming paperwork.
We are the largest registrar of Delaware flagged vessels. Our multi-lingual staff can have your vessel registered in Delaware within 3 days up to 2 weeks. It just depends if you choose our standard or express service. Our team takes care of everything! You send us the paperwork and we translate all non-English paperwork to English as part of our fee.
Which nationalities can register their boat under the Delaware (USA) flag?
All nationalities can register their yacht in Delaware. There are also no nationality restrictions for setting up a LLC company in Delaware.
Privately owned or company owned?
You can register your boat as privately owned (even if you are not a US citizen) or you can choose to register your boat under a holding company. If you choose to register under a holding company, we will setup a LLC for you and you will only need to pay the low annual maintenance fees. The main reasons some of our clients choose to hold the ownership of their vessel under a holding company is; minimal liability issues in case of maritime accidents, anonymity or for taxation reasons. If you use an LLC only as a ownership company of your boat, there will not be any taxes to be paid.
What are the exact fees for the Delaware flag registration?
Our service fee is $179,- for the standard registration (max 15 days) or $249,- for the express registration (3 days). Our price includes even the cost of translations & courier fees and there are no hidden cost!. Then there is the actual government fee (see below) which depends on the boat size and you have a choice to register for 1 or 3 years.
How quick can you take care of the boat registration in Delaware?
|1 YEAR REGISTRATION
||3 YEARS REGISTRATION
|Class A - less than 16 ft 20 USD
Class 1 - 16 ft to under 26 ft 40 USD
Class 2 - 26 ft to under 40 ft 60 USD
Class 3 - 40 ft to under 65 ft 100 USD
Class 4 - 65 ft and longer. 120 USD
|Class A - less than 16 ft 60 USD
Class 1 - 16 ft to under 26 ft 120 USD
Class 2 - 26 ft to under 40 ft 180 USD
Class 3 - 40 ft to under 65 ft 300 USD
Class 4 - 65 ft and longer 360 USD
Our standard boat registration time around 2 weeks but our express service is only 3 days. You need to add a couple of days if we need to setup a Delaware LLC for you.
What is the validation of the Delaware yacht registration?
You have the choice to register for 1 year or for 3 years. The registration is by calendar year, so from January 1 till December 31. We can already register you from October for the new year.
Do you recommend setting up a company to own my vessel?
You can either register as a private person of any nationality or as a Delaware LLC. Your choice should be if you need an extra layer of confidentiality & liability protection for your vessel.
If you choose to register under a holding company, we will setup a Delaware LLC company for you. We can setup the LLC for you in 48 hours for a fee of $299,- and you will only need to pay the low annual maintenance fees of $350 USD after the first year. If you use the LLC only as a ownership company of your boat, there will not be any taxes to be paid as it is only used for owning your vessel. We only need a passport copy to setup the company for you.
Do I need to leave European waters with a Delaware flag registration after 6 – 18 months?
If you have paid VAT for a boat in any European country, you do not have to leave the European waters, if registered with Delaware (USA) flag.
What is the paperwork required for a Delaware Registration?
The paperwork to register in Delaware is very simple:
OPTION 1 – PRIVATE OWNER
OPTION 2 – CORPORATE OWNER
- Fill in our online form (3 min)
- Provide us with a copy of a notarized bill of sale
- Optional: if you boat was previously registered under a different flag – we then need a copy of the current registration or deletion certificate
- Optional: if your boat is brand new we need a copy of Certificate of Origin.
Order Boat Registration
- Fill in our company setup form – we will setup a Delaware LLC for you in 48 hours
- We will then provide you with a bill of sale that you sell your boat to your own LLC
We can also arrange a MMSI Radio license
Order MMSI Registration
It is mandatory by law to have an MMSI - radio license onboard your vessel. We can arrange your MMSI / radio while applying for your boat ownership document or if you already have a boat registration, we can get you just the radio license. Having an MMSI radio license onboard avoids problems with the local authorities.
You do not need to do any course to receive the license and all we need basic information about you and your vessel which can be sent on our order form.
We offer MMSI licenses that are issued by the USA and UK governments. Both, have no restrictions on your nationality and are valid for 10 years.
What kind of MMSI license do I need for International waters?
If you use your vessel in international waters (even Bahamas or Canada) you will need an international MMSI license. In order to obtain a worldwide valid MMSI license that is valid in all International waters you have 2 options:
License issued by UK Telecom (for any flagged vessel)
Price is $169,- with a boat registration or $215,- without a boat registration
We can also offer you a worldwide MMSI issued by the UK Telecom authorities. This official radio license will be valid to use with a VHF, AIS, and EPIRB on your boat AND IT DOES NOT MATTER UNDER WHICH FLAG YOU ARE CURRENTLY REGISTERED.
License issued by US FCC (for US flagged vessels only)
Price is $349,-
We can also offer you a MMSI issued by the US FCC Telecom authorities. This official radio license will be valid to use with a VHF, AIS, and EPIRB on your boat.
Fill in our simple online form and we will get started with your MMSI Radio license today!