Applications for registration of a boat with the Kadaster (Netherlands’ Cadastre, Land Registry and Mapping Agency)

Where can you register your boat? This can be done in the public registers of the Kadaster. This applies to houseboats, sailing yachts and other pleasure craft. When are you the legal owner of a ship? If you prove this through registration.

Last updated on 19 May 2021

Protect yourself against theft by registering your boat

When does your boat have a unique registration number? After registration with the Kadaster (in Dutch). The Kadaster will affix this registration number (also known as a brand marking) to your vessel. This brand marking protects you against theft of your boat.

Would you like to make your boat or ship more secure against theft or burglary? Or against fraud? When registering, allow microdots to be placed on your boat or ship (in Dutch). Microdots are very small plastic discs with a unique identification number. Only authorised persons such as the water police can read the code with special equipment.

Application for boat registration

You apply for registration of your boat at the Kadaster (in Dutch). What forms do you have to fill in for this? These are the ‘Aanvraag teboekstelling schip’ (Application for ship registration) and ‘Verzoek tot branding’ (Request for brand marking) forms.

Laws and regulations (in Dutch)

Cadastral Act, Chapter 2, Public Registers for Registered Goods

Cadastral Act, Chapter 5, Registration of Ships

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