The RYA is authorised by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) to issue a UK ICC to the nationals of any country EXCEPT a person who is:
- a national of another UNECE member state which has accepted Resolution 40; AND
- resident in another UNECE member state which has accepted Resolution 40,
unless the RYA has been given written permission to do so by the Government of the relevant country.
The Netherlands is an exception to this see - *Special permission withdrawn below.
The following UNECE countries have adopted Resolution 40. If you are a national of one of these countries and are resident in that country or another country on this list the RYA is not authorised to issue you with an ICC.
Netherlands - Note: the ICC can only be issued to Dutch nationals if they are resident in the UK.
You should however be able to obtain an ICC from your own Government provided you are able to meet their requirements for evidence of your competence to drive a pleasure craft. This will usually be the country in question’s national certificate. Possession of an RYA certificate does not entitle you to a certificate issued by any other organisation or on behalf of any other national Government.
Individuals with dual nationality may apply for the ICC if either nationality makes them eligible to do so. It should however be noted that the nationality recorded on the ICC will be the one which made the individual eligible only.
The following countries have adopted Resolution 40, but the national Government has given the RYA special permission to issue the ICC:
*Special permission withdrawn
Netherlands - the Ministerie van Infrastructuur en Waterstaat has withdrawn the permission it gave the RYA in 2014 to issue the ICC to Dutch citizens. From 1 September 2018 the RYA can no longer issue an ICC to a Dutch citizen or renew a Dutch citizen's ICC unless they are resident in the UK. The Ministerie van Infrastructuur en Waterstaat, Directorate of Maritime Affairs can be contacted at: Postbus 20901 2500 EX Den Haag.
The following UNECE countries have not yet adopted Resolution 40.
The RYA is currently authorised to issue a UK ICC to eligible nationals and residents of these countries. However, if any of these countries adopts Resolution 40 then this may have an impact on the ability of the RYA to issue a UK ICC to the nationals and residents of that country.
Applicants should be aware that this list is subject to change without notice (i.e. whenever the government of a country adopts Resolution 40). A person’s eligibility can therefore change during the period the ICC is valid for. Should this be the case, the certificate holder must notify the RYA and surrender the certificate. If the certificate holder cannot satisfactorily demonstrate his or her continued eligibility when the certificate expires it will not be renewed by the RYA.
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Iceland (has indicated that it is planning to adopt Resolution 40)
The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia
United States of America
British nationals and residents
The RYA can issue the ICC to eligible British nationals and residents.
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