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Return flag certificate for pleasure boat

Source: Zuständigkeitsfinder Schleswig-Holstein (Linie6PLus)

Service Description

The flag certificate serves as proof of authorization to fly the German flag on a seagoing vessel or a seaworthy recreational craft with a hull length of up to 15 meters.
It is issued to natural persons, associations of persons or legal entities. They must have a residence or registered office in Germany and either be German citizens or citizens of the European Union (EU).
A flag certificate must be returned if

  • the ship or boat has been sold
  • the ship has been registered in a German or foreign ship register,
  • the ownership changes, especially in the case of owner associations, for example if owners leave or new persons join the owner association, or
  • the owner dies.

Process flow

You can request the return of a flag certificate from the Federal Maritime and Hydrographic Agency (BSH). This can be done by mail.

  • Visit the BSH website and access the section for flag certificates.
  • Select the procedure for returning the flag certificate.
  • You can fill out the application form as a PDF file on the computer and print it or download it and fill it out by hand.
  • Send the completed application form together with the required documents by mail to the BSH.
  • You will receive a confirmation of return, provided you have noted this accordingly in the application.

Explanations of the application and information about the flag certificate can also be found on the BSH website.

Requirements

A valid flag certificate must be returned if

  • you sell the ship or boat
  • the vessel is to be registered in a German or foreign shipping register,
  • the ownership changes, especially in the case of owner associations, for example if owners leave or new persons join the owner association, or
  • the owner dies.
Which documents are required?
  • Flag certificate in original
What are the fees?

There are no costs.

What deadlines do I have to pay attention to?

Return the flag certificate immediately if you sell the vehicle or if ownership changes.

Processing duration

Depending on the application and the season, it takes around 2 weeks to process an application at the BSH.

Legal basis
Appeal
  • Objection in case of rejection notice
Applications / forms

Forms: yes

Online procedure possible: no

Written form required: yes

Personal appearance required: no

What else should I know?

You will receive the information for the confirmation of the invalidity of the flag certificate only if this has been requested in the return.

Author
Technically approved by

Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure

Process flow

You can request the return of a flag certificate from the Federal Maritime and Hydrographic Agency (BSH). This can be done by mail.

  • Visit the BSH website and access the section for flag certificates.
  • Select the procedure for returning the flag certificate.
  • You can fill out the application form as a PDF file on the computer and print it or download it and fill it out by hand.
  • Send the completed application form together with the required documents by mail to the BSH.
  • You will receive a confirmation of return, provided you have noted this accordingly in the application.

Explanations of the application and information about the flag certificate can also be found on the BSH website.

Requirements

A valid flag certificate must be returned if

  • you sell the ship or boat
  • the vessel is to be registered in a German or foreign shipping register,
  • the ownership changes, especially in the case of owner associations, for example if owners leave or new persons join the owner association, or
  • the owner dies.

Which documents are required?

  • Flag certificate in original

What are the fees?

There are no costs.

What deadlines do I have to pay attention to?

Return the flag certificate immediately if you sell the vehicle or if ownership changes.

Processing duration

Depending on the application and the season, it takes around 2 weeks to process an application at the BSH.

Legal basis

Appeal

  • Objection in case of rejection notice

Applications / forms

Forms: yes

Online procedure possible: no

Written form required: yes

Personal appearance required: no

What else should I know?

You will receive the information for the confirmation of the invalidity of the flag certificate only if this has been requested in the return.

Author

Technically approved by

Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure

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