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Register a UK 406 MHz Beacon for commercial or pleasure use

You can use this service to register any of the following types of UK 406 Megahertz (MHz) emergency beacons:

  • a Personal Locator Beacon (PLB) for any use
  • an Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon (EPIRB) for maritime use
  • an Emergency Locator Transmitter (ELT) for aircraft use
  • a Beacon dongle for aircraft use

Registering takes around 15 minutes.

Before you start

  • You'll need to know the beacon Hexadecimal Identification (HEX ID) or Unique Identifying Number (UIN), manufacturer serial number and model
  • If you have a vessel, you will need your vessel name, number(s), radio communications, Call Sign and Maritime Mobile Service Identity (MMSI) number, if applicable
  • If you have an aircraft, you will need your aircraft make and model, Aircraft Registration Mark, aircraft number(s), radio communications
  • You will also need at least one emergency contact for Search and Rescue
WarningThis service is only for UK programmed 406 MHz beacons. Contact the UK Beacon Registry if you aren't sure if your beacon is 406 MHz or not.
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Other ways to apply

If you need help with registering online, want to register multiple beacons at once or would like to register by post, contact the UK Beacon Registry team.

The UK Beacon Registry

Data protection regulations

The Maritime & Coastguard Agency (MCA) collect and retain the personal information provided when you register a UK programmed 406 MHz beacon. Processing your information allows the MCA to exercise its official duty and to identify persons in distress and helps save lives.

We will retain your information until we are advised that the beacon is no longer active, for example it has been removed from the vessel, replaced or destroyed.

We will share your information with global Search and Rescue authorities and those delegated authorities, such as RNLI, Police or Rescue helicopter crew, that are directly involved with investigations relating to a beacon activation.

Further details on Beacon Registration privacy policy can be found at 406 MHz beacons privacy information notice.

To find out more about how the MCA looks after personal data, your rights, and how to contact our data protection officer, please go to personal information charter.