Contact points for verification of maritime radio operator's certificates

CEPT administrations have experienced problems when trying to verify foreign radio operator's certificates when issuing endorsements or ship station licenses. The verification procedure is a necessary tool for administrations when they need to cross check that a foreign radio operator's certificate is authentic, valid, in force and issued by an administration or on behalf of an administration. This applies for all radio operators' certificates.

Experience shows that the verification process via a foreign administration is very often rather time consuming. One of the main reasons for this is that it is difficult to find the correct responsible organisation with contact details. Sometimes the requests sent have never reached the responsible organisation and the requesting administration remains waiting.

IMO maintains a list of contact points regarding certificates, but it contains only maritime authorities. In many countries radio operator's certificates are issued by telecommunication authorities. Also different certificates may be issued by different organisations within an administration.

In order to assist administrations in their work CEPT has created a document with the contact points of different countries, also countries/administrations outside Europe. Please click here to get access to the document.

Additional information about the acceptance of foreign maritime radio operator's certificates in CEPT countries (collected in 2016-2017) can be found here.


Please note that this information has been compiled with the friendly assistance by national maritime and telecommunications administrations and to the best knowledge. However, in the case of a legal dispute the information provided is of non-binding nature; it does not replace national legislation. In any case only the respective national legislation is binding.


Updated: 08 February 2023, 10:24