Dutch Certificate of Registry (“Zeebrief”)


The Dutch certificate of registry is the gold standard in flag registrations for yachts. This registry is valid worldwide and is an actual flag registration and not a boat ownership registration like the Dutch ICP. We can arrange this registration for EU citizens as well as non-EU citizens. The process consists of 2 steps; first step is submitting all documents (we do this for you) and the second step is having a one time inspection done of your vessel (see details below).

We do not need any survey or tonnage certificate to register your yacht as private use vessel, if it is less then 24 meters in length but an inspector of the Dutch maritime authority will need to visit your vessel in order to measure it and add markings with microdots on your vessel (anti-theft). The inspector does not do an actual survey, just a very basic check. You, do not have to bring the vessel to Holland as the inspector can visit you anywhere but his actual travel fees will be charged to you. This fee to the maritime authorities in Holland for the inspection, are not included in our rate and depends on the location of your boat or yacht. In Europe the average costs are between € 650,- and € 1000,-.

It takes normally between 6-8 weeks to get the certificate of registry completed but WE FILE ALL OUR REGISTRATIONS VIA THE OPTIONAL GOVERNMENT EXPRESS SERVICE AS PART OF OUR NORMAL PACKAGE and can therefor obtain our registrations in 1 to 3 weeks. When the registry part is done, we will immediately schedule an appointment for you to have the inspector visit your vessel for the one time inspection. If you are in a hurry, we can arrange a provisional registration for you, while you wait for the inspection of your vessel. This provisional registration is fully valid for 6 months and gives you plenty of time to have the vessel inspected. The cost for this optional provisional registration is 300 Euro.

The main advantages of the Dutch Certificate of Registry (Zeebrief) for PRIVATE USE:

  • It is valid worldwide with no restrictions
  • Valid for life with no annual renewal cost
  • The Dutch flag is in very good standing - #6 on the MOU white list
  • You can register as private or company owner (if you are EU citizen)
  • Available for EU and non-EU citizens (we setup a EU company for non-EU citizens)
  • No maritime offshore restrictions
  • SIMPLE PAPERWORK: we do not need VAT proof, CE certifications, insurance proof, no tonnage certificate, no survey, no equipment checks

Which documents are required for the Dutch Certificate of Registry (Zeebrief)?
The documents required are very simple:

  • Notarized passport copy of a private owner or proof of identity of all directors in case of a company owned boat.
  • Proof of ownership / sale agreement (invoice, bill of sale or notary statement)
  • In case of a previous registry, we require a copy of the deletion document

*Please note: all documents need to be written in Dutch or English. If the documents are not in Dutch or English
– WE WILL TRANSLATE YOUR DOCUMENTS FOR FREE AS PART OF OUR PACKAGE
*If a yacht is larger than 24 meters we also need a survey and tonnage certificate

Dutch Certificate of Registry (Zeebrief) - available for ALL nationalities!

The Dutch certificate of registry is also available for boat owners that are NOT EU citizens. Our Non-European boat owners need to setup a UK LTD in order to register in Holland. This UK LTD will become the owner of the boat and our client owns this LTD. As it is only used for owning the boat there are no taxes to be paid or filed.

  1. We setup an United Kingdom LTD. for you in 24 hours. This LTD is owned by you but can also have additional owners if needed. The total cost for the setup of the LTD. is 349 Euro and after that 249 Euro annually. As the LTD. is only used for owning a boat you will not need to pay any yearly taxes or do any government filings.
  2. After 24 hours, the LTD is setup and then you make a new bill of sale on the name of your UK LTD.
  3. We will then register the UK LTD. as owner of the vessel and start the Dutch certificate of registry.

How much does the Dutch Certificate of Registry cost?
We offer a complete all-inclusive package in order to obtain the the Dutch Certificate of Registry (Zeebrief) at a cost of € 1695. As mentioned we use the government express service which saves you many weeks in processing time.
The necessarily one time inspection is not included and depends on the location of your boat or yacht. In Europe the average costs are in between € 650,- and € 1000,-.

How much are the annual cost for the Dutch Certificate of Registry?
Recurring annual costs after the first year are € 195,- and include all costs, fees, representation, domicile, fillings, etc.

AIS & MMSI Radio License service

We recommend that you also apply for a Dutch AIS & MMSI Radio Licence including ATIS, MMSI number and call sign, as many countries require this to be on board your vessel. We can provide this license within 24 hours. The costs for this are € 149,- per calendar year. We can send the Dutch MMSI radio license by courier to you together with your registration.

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