Department for Transport

Forms and documents

The documents required for each part of the registration process are listed in the relevant 'Guide to Registration' page, or can be found below.  All documents are PDFs.

If you are having compatibility issues with any of the forms, we recommend you download the forms to your computer (right mouse click and 'Save as') and open the form directly in Adobe PDF Reader. Please also make sure you have the latest version of Adobe PDF Reader installed. This can be downloaded for free from here.

Registration forms

MSF 4740 - Application to Register a British Ship
MSF 4740A - Application to Register a British Ship over 500 gt  
MSF 4738 - Application to Register a Bareboat Charter Ship  
MSF 4742 - Application for Duplicate Certificate of Registry
MSF 4727 - Declaration of Eligibility
MSF 4735 - Declaration of Eligibility for a Bareboat Charter Ship
MSF 4705 - Bill of Sale
MSF 4743 - Builders Certificate
MSF 4741 - Application for a change of name or port of choice
MSF 4744 - Application to remove a British Ship from the Register
MSF 5623 - CSR amendment forms and guidance

MSF 5184 - Request to pay by credit card (RSS)

Mortgage forms

MSF 4736 - Mortgage of a Ship to secure Account Current etc/other obligation
MSF 4737 - Mortgage of a ship to secure Principal sum and interest LLP

MSF 4739 - Notice of Mortgage Intent  

Technical and Survey forms

MSF 4227 - Application for a Safe Manning Document
MSF 4753 - Request to participate in the ACS scheme for UK Registered Vessels  

MSF 5100 - Application for Survey and Inspection of Ships and Fishing Vessels

Civil Liability Certificates

Click here for full information on Civil Liability Certificates and other Compulsory Insurance Certificates

Other useful information

Registering ships on the UK Ship Register
A Master's Guide to the UK Flag  

Ports of Registry for Parts I & IV

In addition to specific documents, the following are issued by the Maritime & Coastguard Agency (MCA) on behalf of the UK Ship Register to give out safety, pollution prevention and other information or relevance to the industry:

Merchant Shipping Notices (MSN) – containing technical details and used to convey mandatory information that must be complied with under UK regulations;
Marine Guidance Notes (MGN) – providing advice and guidance to improve safety of shipping and pollution prevention;
Marine Information Notes (MIN) – provide information intended for a more limited audience such as training establishments or equipment manufacturers or which will only be used for a short time;
Instructions for the Guidance of Surveyors - provides the MCA's interpretation of the relevant regulations.

Please contact us if you are uncertain on the documents applicable to your particular application and we will be happy to help.