Yacht Registration under the Marshall Islands Flag

Marshall Island Flag Registration

The Marshall Island registry is globally recognized, the Marshall Islands is an active member of the International Maritime Organization (IMO), it has ratified and implemented all key international conventions and instruments. The Marshall Islands administration continually strives to promote the quality in its Registry and those operating under the Marshall Islands Flag achieve the highest ratings in the port State control (PSC). The Marshall Islands Registry is the only major open registry to be included on the White Lists of both the Paris and Tokyo MoUs and to hold Qualship 21 status with the US Coast Guard for four consecutive years.

Private Yachts off less than 24 meters:

Private yachts 12 m or more but less than 24 m in LOA and under 20 years of age are no longer required to undergo a pre-registration inspection. However, the Administrator reserves the right to require such an inspection as deemed necessary.

Under the new rules, private yacht owners are required to complete MI-127PY, Declaration of Private Use – Not for Hire, acknowledging their responsibility to meet certain safety and environmental pollution prevention measures. However, all private yachts over 20 years of age will still be required to undergo a pre-registration inspection by either an Appointed Representative (AR) or Qualified Individual (QI).

Please note vessels less than 12 meters cannot be registered under the Marshall flag.

Which documents are required:

  • MI-127PY, Declaration of Private use - not for hire
  • List of proposed names
  • Application form
  • Proof of ownership, for example, Bill of Sale, builders certificate
  • Proof of insurance
  • Proof that the boat is free from liens and encumbrance
  • Tonnage and measurement certificate for yachts under 24 meters, issued by an OR or AR
  • All vessels must comply with the relevant national and international requirements.


Yacht owners are given a choice of either Bikini or Jaluit as the yacht’s home port.

Who are eligible to register with the Marshall Registration?

Yachts may be owned by a RMI corporation, general or limited partnership, limited liability company, or qualified foreign maritime entity.

How long is the registration period

    Yacht owners may register their yachts with the RMI under a one year program; however, an optional three-year program is offered for private yachts and PYLCs.

From € 149
All Inclusive
  • For VHF, AIS, radar and EPIRB
  • Includes call sign, AIS and MMSI number
  • No yearly renewal fees!
  • 24 hour service
  • DHL overnight courier
Flag Country Comparison Table
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How fast can it be done? 5 Days 3 Days 3 Days 2-3 Days (Provisional)
Available for all nationalities Yes Yes Yes Yes
Validation Period 1 or 3 years 2 years 5 years For life
Flag certificate Yes No Yes Yes
Ownership registration Yes Yes Yes Yes
Survey mandatory No No Yes No
Valid worldwide Yes No Yes Yes
Suitable for commercial yachts No No Yes no / yes
Price from 185 USD 299 EUR 799 EUR 499 EUR
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