Delaware Yacht Registration – available for ALL nationalities!
Many Europeans and South Americans have found out that by registering your vessel in Delaware they can avoid the red tape of their own home countries.
Yes, you can register a boat in Delaware (USA) and your boat papers will be valid in any country in the world. This means for instance, that a European, who registers his vessel in Delaware can visit any European port with these documents. We also have many South Americans that prefer to sail under US flag in international waters.
The best part of being registered in Delaware is the minimal paperwork involved and the speed to get it setup. Just send us a notarized bill of sale (see details below) and fill in our online form and you are set.
What are the cost for the Delaware flag registration? There is first our service fee of $179,- (max 15 days) or $249,- for the 3 day express service. We include the cost of translations & courier fees in our service fee, so there are no hidden cost!. The second part is the actual government fee (see above) and it depends on the size of your vessel and if you want to register for 1 or 3 years.
How fast can you do the registration in Delaware?
Our standard registration time is just under 2 weeks. You need to add 2/3 days extra if we need to setup a Delaware LLC for you.
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.
How long is Delaware flag registration valid for?
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.
Should I setup a company to own my vessel?
You can either register as a private person of any nationality or as a Delaware LLC. The choice is really yours and should be based on the need of; confidentiality, liability and what you plan to use the boat for.
What about the European VAT Tax?
If you have proof that VAT has been paid on your vessel in any European country, you do not have to leave the European waters at all, while registered with Delaware papers.
Should I register as private owner or corporate owner?
You can register your boat in two ways; with the owner being a private individual from any country 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 Delaware LLC company for you. We can setup the LLC for you in 48 hours for a fee of 299 USD and you will only need to pay the low annual maintenance fees of $400 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.
What does the Delaware flag registration look like?
The Delaware registration comes in a package which consists of a credit card format registration card and 2 stickers (decals) for on your boat.
What paperwork is needed for a Delaware Registration?
The paperwork to setup ownership in Delaware is very simple:
OPTION 1 - Private Individual Ownership
- Fill in our online form (3 min)
- Provide us with a copy of a notarized bill of sale
- If you boat was previously registered under a different flag – we then need a copy of the current registration or deletion certificate
- If your boat is brand new we need a copy of Certificate of Origin.
For US and Canadian vessels made after 1972, a hull picture is needed and for all European made vessels after 1998 a picture of the hull number is required.
If you provide us with the above documents copies by email.
OPTION 2 - Ownership under your LLC company
Then the paperwork is the same as for private ownership:
- 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
Advantages boat ownership under a Corporate LLC:
- Fill in our online form (3 min)
- We already have a copy of your bill of sale as you sold it to your LLC
- Optional: if you boat was previously registered under a different flag – we then need a copy of current registration or the Deletion Certificate
- Optional: If your boat is brand new we need a copy of Certificate of Origin.
- A Delaware LLC offers protection from personal liability. For example in the case of damage to any other vessels or structures, even if it was not the boat owners fault.
- Registering under a Delaware LLC also offers complete privacy as in Delaware all info about the members of an LLC is not required to be filed with the state, and is not on the public record.
- The cost is only minimal and it is very fast to setup an LLC
Other services we offer in regards to Delaware Registrations:
Official Delaware state confirmation letter - USD 129 *(plus courier charges)
This is an optional letter in addition to the Delaware license (that is in credit card format)
Boat Name change - USD 99 *(plus courier charges)
In case you want to change the name of the Boat / Yacht / Vessel
Deletion Certificate - USD 99 *(plus courier charges)
Official Delaware government letter confirming vessel has been deleted from registry
Delaware LLC Company - USD 299
We can setup a Delaware LLC for you to own your vessel. It only takes 48 hrs
We can also arrange a MMSI Radio license
As you are probably aware, it is mandatory by law to have an MMSI - radio license onboard your vessel at all times, so we highly recommend our clients to get this while applying for your boat ownership document. Having an MMSI license onboard avoids problems when you are checked by local authorities.
You do not need to do any course to receive the license, all we need is some information about you and your vessel which can be filled in on our order form. Fill in the form, make the payment and the same day, you have a MMSI radio certificate for your vessel that is valid for all countries around the world.
We offer MMSI licenses that are issued by the USA and UK governments. Both have no restrictions on your nationality or under which flag your vessel is registered and are valid for 10 years. It only takes us 1 day to obtain your license.
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 169 USD with a boat registration (215 USD without):
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 349 USD:
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 AND IS ONLY VALID FOR US FLAGGED VESSELS.