What is the ISA Small Craft Register?
The ISA Small Craft Register provides a clear identification mark suitable for use by all types of recreational craft.
The ISA SCR:
- Provides an accessible and co-ordinated system for identifying recreational vessels.
- Is voluntary. No craft is included on the register unless the owner chooses to do so.
- Assists local and other authorities in the implementation of permit schemes.
- Replaces the ISA Certificate of Identity.
- Provides details of vessels for use in search and rescue operations.
- Clearly identifies what information may be accessed by whom.
The ISA SCR does not:
- Provide proof of ownership
- Allow you to replace IRL sail numbers as an identification mark for racing sail boats. However, it may be used in tandem to it.
- Provide evidence that a vessel is insured or that the owner, Master, skipper or coxswain is competent to control the vessel.
- Provide information to anyone for purposes other than that declared at the time of registration.
- Prove that tax or any other dues have been paid on the vessel.
- Substitute for or replace the national ship registration regime as provided under the Mercantile Marine Act 1955.
- Entitle vessels to operate abroad as set out in the Mercantile Marine Act 1955.
Vessels on the ISA SCR may also:
Be listed on the “ISA Safety Net”. This will allow the Irish Coast Guard to access information on your vessel for use in the event of an emergency in which you or your craft are involved. This facility will be available shortly.
What sort of craft can be registered on the ISA SCR ?
Any craft less than 24 metres (79 feet) in overall length, including windsurfers, canoes and kayaks and personal watercraft, except the following:
- Those over 24 metres in length
- Fishing or submersible vessels
Who may register a craft on the ISA SCR ?
A craft may be registered if it is owned by one or more of the following persons who are 'ordinarily resident' in the Republic of Ireland or Northern Ireland.
• Irish Citizens
- To prove this we ask that you provide us with a copy of the photo page from your passport.
• Persons who are 'ordinarily resident' in the Republic of Ireland or Northern Ireland
- To prove this we ask that you provide two utility bills issued in your name in the last 6 months.
Can my craft be registered on the Irish Register of Shipping and the ISA SCR ?
Craft would not normally be on both registers at the same time. If your craft is registered on the Irish Register of Shipping it would normally be to your advantage to keep your craft registered on this register as it provides statutory proof of ownership.
How long does registration last?
Registration on the ISA SCR lasts for 5 years. The date of expiry is shown on the certificate of registry. You may apply to renew the registration up to 3 months before the certificate expires. Registration ceases immediately if a craft is sold or any details which appear on the certificate of registry change. Where this happens the registered owner must return the certificate with a brief explanation of the circumstances of any change. You must also notify the ISA of any change of address.
For more information on the ISA Small Craft Register please refer to the documents listed below.
Small Craft Register Information
SCR Application Form
SCR Change of Keeper