Small Craft Licensing & Registration


Licensing and Registration

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.)


ADOMS Customer Service Standard

What you can expect from us

  • we will deal with your enquiries promptly, efficiently and courteously and with the appropriate level of confidentiality
  • we will explain the results of inspections, surveys, or examinations clearly
  • we will consult our customers regularly, consider any feedback and use this to improve our services

How you can help us to help you

  • provide properly completed application forms, supporting documentation and any other information needed to process applications
  • where possible plan ahead and submit your applications with plenty of time in hand

Listening to you

  • consultation is an important part of meeting our objectives

Our values are mutual respect and customer focus

  • good customer service depends heavily on mutual respect , awareness of cultural diversity and is the basis of success in our business relationship
  • good customer service is a two-way street and relies on respect from our customers and stakeholders, as we carry out our statutory duties