Procedure How to register a boat under the Monegasque flag

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Direction des Affaires Maritimes

20 quai l'Hirondelle
98000 MONACO

Department of Maritime Affairs :
(+377) 98 98 22 80

Fax : (+377) 98 98 22 81

Opening Hours : from 9.30am to 5.00pm from Monday to Friday

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Direction des Affaires Maritimes

20 quai l'Hirondelle
98000 MONACO

Opening Hours : from 9.30am to 5.00pm from Monday to Friday

Phone : (+377) 98 98 22 80

Fax : (+377) 98 98 22 81

Send us an email
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Principle and conditions

Monegasque nationals and residents can apply to register a boat under the Monegasque flag.

Yachtspeople who wish to appoint a captain and/or a crew must notify the Department of Maritime Affairs.

Vessels over 8 metres in length that do not hold an EC type approval certificate (European standards) must undergo a pre-commissioning inspection before being registered under the Monegasque flag.

All vessels under the Monegasque flag must show their name and the word "MONACO" on the stern, and, for vessels over 24 metres, the name of the vessel must appear on each side of the bow.

An annual naturalisation fee is payable for all boats under the Monegasque flag to the Department of Maritime Affairs.

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Obtaining and completing the form

To get this form, you can either:

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Collating the documents

  • The invoice for purchasing the boat
  • The boat builder's certificate
  • For vessels under 24 metres, an E.C. certificate (a written declaration of conformity)
  • For vessels over 24 metres, a classification certificate issued by a classification company
  • A certificate for the motor (declaration of the power of the motors)
  • For vessels over 7.5 metres purchased in the EU, proof that the boat complies with all tax obligations (available from Monaco's Department of Tax Services)
  • The customs import document for boats purchased outside the EU (EU4 or IM4)
  • A request to register the vessel under the Monegasque flag
  • A copy of your Monegasque navigation permit
  • A copy of your ID card for Monegasque nationals or residence permit for foreign residents
  • Two photos of the boat from the side and the stern (send digital photos to marine@gouv.mc)
  • For leased boats:
    • A copy of the purchase invoice in the name of the leasing company
    • A copy of the credit agreement in the name of the person(s) leasing the boat
  • For vessels equipped with a radio station (VHF, etc. …):
    • Application for a licence, to be made to the Digital Platforms and Resources Department
    • All the information relating to this procedure is available at the following link
  • The bill of sale of the boat
  • The certificate of deregistration from the previous flag state (available from the authorities of the previous flag's State, bring back the act of naturalisation and/or the clearance certificate for Monegasque flags and ask for a transfer of the customs file for French flags)
  • The boat builder's certificate
  • An E.C. certificate (a written declaration of conformity)
  • A classification certificate issued by a classification company
  • A certificate for the motor (declaration of the power of the motors)
  • For vessels over 7.5 metres purchased in the EU, proof that the boat complies with all tax obligations, except for French flags (available from Monaco's Department of Tax Services)
  • The customs import document for boats purchased outside the EU (EU4 or IM4)
  • The "demande d’immatriculation sous pavillon monégasque" form
  • A copy of your Monegasque navigation licence
  • A copy of your ID card for Monegasque nationals or residence permit for foreign residents
  • Two photos of the boat from the side and the stern (send digital photos to marine@gouv.mc)
  • For leased boats: 
    • A copy of the purchase invoice in the name of the leasing company
    • A copy of the credit agreement in the name of the person(s) leasing the boat
  • For vessels equipped with a radio station (VHF, etc. …):
    • Application for a licence, to be made to the Digital Platforms and Resources Department
    • All the information relating to this procedure is available at the following link

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Submitting the application

You should send or submit the application to the Department of Maritime Affairs.

 

Moorings

Granting permission to navigate under the Monegasque flag does not automatically include the allocation of a mooring in one of the Principality's ports.  Moorings are not transferable to a new ship belonging to an owner who has a mooring in a port, or to a new owner of a ship that is already moored in Monaco. 

For further information, please contact the Société d'Exploitation des Ports de Monaco (SEPM) .

Last update: 15/06/2021

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