Originally Posted by Zzmeyer
I have just purchased a new boat that will be used in international waters. I understand I can't use BoatUS for obtaining an MMSI for my DSC
and my AIS
. The FCC website says I need my documentation number for registration, but my agent said it will take a while to get my documentatin number for the boat. Can I obtain an MMSI from the FCC without registration or documentation number? Thanks.
The MMSI number is assigned when you document your boat's transmitting equipment
and apply for a Station License
from the FCC. You're right that the Boat US MMSI isn't good for use abroad, because it typically is NOT registered in the ITU international boat database.
When you apply for the radio license
, check everything: VHF
, HF, radar
, satphone, etc. even if you don't have the equipment
yet. Thus, you will be covered and won't have to apply again. I believe the cost these days is about $200.
Typically, it doesn't take very long to get the station and radio
licenses. You'll need two:
1. a STATION LICENSE for the boat; and
2. an OPERATOR's PERMIT
for the user.
The STATION LICENSE is good for 10 years. The OPERATOR'S PERMIT
is good for life.
You can apply for these on the FCC website. There are several types of operator's permits...the one you want is the Restricted license -- no test.
Documentation of the boat by the USCG is quite another matter. Your agent may be able to advise you, but mainly you have to show proof of the history
of the boat...continuously since manufacture.