The International Certificate Pleasure Craft (ICP), is basically an unofficial licence which only proves the ownership of a yacht….nothing more, nothing less.

The ICP does NOT give the vessel a nationality, neither are you permitted to sail under the Netherlands flag. It is an ownership licence which strictly speaking is only meant for sailing the inland waters of the EU.

Details
For who?

Type of boats

The ICP is an unofficial ownerships licence which is primarily used for pleasure crafts sailing the inland waters of the EU. Pleasure crafts that can register for an ICP are sailing- and motorboats <24m and water-scooter, jet-skis, canoes, boathouses, etc. Note that :

  • the ICP is purely an ownerships licence and does not permit the owner to sail under the flag of the Netherlands. The average duration of an registration is 5 to 10 working days and the costs are relatively low
  • ICP are only recognised in : Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Hungary, Lithuania, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, United Kingdom.

Who can
register an ICP?

As from 1 March 2021, only Dutch passport holders or foreigners residing in the Netherlands for at least five years, can register an ICP

The advantages of the

International Certificate Pleasure Craft

Nationality
Dutch passport holders or foreigners residing in the Netherlands for at least five years
Taxes & levies
No taxes or levies are issued during or after the registration process, no matter the size or age of the vessel
Surveys & inspections
No periodical technical inspections arerequired, if and when your yacht is <24m and is no commercial registration.
The process
The registration process is fairly short and takes between 5 to 10 working days, depending on whether it is a normal or express registration.
Internationally recognised
ICP are only recognised in : Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Hungary, Lithuania, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, United Kingdom.