All new 406 MHz emergency beacons must be registered with NOAA as required by law. To register an EPIRB or PLB, visit NOAA's SARSAT page and register online, or print the forms and fax or mail it.
If your contact information changes, such as a new phone number, address or you bought a new boat, you will need to update that as well. Regardless of whether any changes occured, you must re-register your beacon every two years. If you sell your beacon, the new owner must register the beacon with their information, otherwise you may be contact in an emergency.
The National Beacon Registration Database is now available online. Simply follow the link or print and mail or fax the registration form found on the NOAA SARSAT website to register.
By registering your information, you are doing your part to help rescuers help you. The information you give will be used in the event of an emergency to give vessel information to rescuers and reach the contacts you give to gain additional information about your intended route, the number of persons on board, etc.
Further reading about EPIRBS and Personal Locator Beacons (PLBs):
What Exactly is an EPIRB?
How EPIRBS Work
How to Register an EPIRB or PLB
Should You Purchase an EPIRB or a PLB?
The Best EPIRBs or PLBs to Buy
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