What country should I register in?
Register your beacon with the EPIRB national authority of the country for
which the beacon was programmed, typically the country where
purchased, regardless of where you do your boating.
The beacon must be reprogrammed if you, as the owner, move or the
vessel sails under the flag of a different country than the one for which
the beacon was previously programmed. To verify the country for which a
beacon is programmed, see the label with the UIN (Unique Identification
Number) on the back of the unit. Units that do not have a country
specified on the UIN label are programmed for the United States.
How do I register?
The national authority that accepts registrations in the United States is
the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
Here are three ways to register:
The fastest and easiest way to register is online at
2. Faxing a registration is also acceptable. Fax the registration form to the
fax number on the top of the registration form.
NOTE: Do not confuse the registration form with the ACR Electronics
3. If online or fax registration is not available, mail the registration form with
the pre-addressed, postage paid envelope to:
SARSAT Beacon Registration NOAA
4231 Suitland Road
Suitland, MD 20746
All registration forms will be entered in the 406 MHz beacon registration
database within 48 hours of receipt. The information you provide on the
registration form is used for rescue purposes only.
A confirmation letter, a copy of the actual registration and a proof-of-
registration decal will be mailed to you within two weeks. When you
receive these documents, please check the information carefully with
the existing label on the unit, and then affix the decal to your beacon in
the area marked "BEACON DECAL HERE." If you do not receive
confirmation back from NOAA in the expected timeframe, call toll free
(888) 212-7283 for assistance.
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Registration in the United States