These are two separate processes.
Licensing is basically addressing the operational and technical safety of your small craft. It is compulsory for all powered craft below 24m in length and for all other small craft above 5m in length, with a voluntary scheme for those below, that operate in Antigua and Barbuda waters. Exempt are only commercial fishing vessels, solely used for the purpose of fishing for profit. (These are exclusively licensed with the ministry of fisheries.) Any sports- or recreational fishing craft still require ADOMS licensing. Fees are in EC and can be seen below. All Visiting vessels are required to maintain an equivalent standard in terms of equipment and operation.
Registering is only required if you want to use your craft also outside of Antigua and Barbuda waters. This process refers to the right of your craft to fly the Antigua and Barbuda Flag, as the visible statement of being governed and protected by the Antigua and Barbuda Law. It is comparable to a passport for your boat. Fees are in U.S. Dollars and start from $520. For more information, see our registration section.
Note: Any craft below 24m in length being registered and operating within Antigua and Barbuda waters must also be licensed.(!)
Click Here to download the combined License / Registration Application Form
You may then make the appropriate selection. [If in doubt, wait until handing it in personally or contact ADOMS electronically or via phone.]
The following documents are required along with the completed form:
a. A valid Government issued photo identification,
b. Proof of Ownership (Bill of Sale, Invoice, Affidavit)
c. Vessel Specifications (Builders Certificate, Brochure, etc.)
Small Commercial Vessels (SCV) additionally require proof of Third Party Liability Insurance.
Our Licensing fees are as follows (Eastern Caribbean Dollars – XCD):
Inspection and License for small pleasure craft (other than JetSki): $372
Inspection and License for small pleasure craft JetSki: $400
Inspection and License for small commercial vessel below 10m (30ft): $837
Inspection and License for small commercial vessel from 10m (>30ft) up to 24m (80ft): $1580
Application for joint Inspection for numerous small craft of the same type: $75 per craft (Note: This is only the administrative fee, Inspection and Licensing fees will be calculated based upon actual overall time spent. Contact ADOMS Technical Division for further information.)
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