The information you furnish is mandatory and is intended to assist search and rescue teams in locating you or your craft in the event of beacon activation. The information will be provided to the United States Coast Guard, United States Air Force, and other Search and Rescue (SAR) teams as appropriate in the event of beacon activation. It will also be used to conserve SAR resources by helping to eliminate false alert deployments, as an inadvertent activation can be resolved with a phone call.

Failure to register, re-register, or to notify NOAA of a change in the status for a 406 MHz beacon could result in penalties and/or fines being issued to the owner. An owner is required to notify NOAA of any changes to the registration information. Please note, NOAA will complement or update the database accordingly when a beacon owner’s registration expires and credible information is provided from SAR sources. NOAA will also seek information from other databases to update and/or complement the existing information for a beacon registration.

Important Notice: There is no fee for beacon registration. This is a service provided by the U.S. Government. If you receive a message asking for payment to register a beacon, please send an email to . Solicitation of this information is authorized by Parts 80, 87, and 95, Title 47 of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR). Authorized by U.S. Office of Management & Budget (OMB) Control Number: OMB 0648-0295 (expires 30 September 2025).

All online registrations will be entered into the National 406 MHz Beacon Registration Database on the same day of entry. Registration forms received via the postal mail service will be entered into the National 406 MHz Beacon Registration Database within 2 business days of receipt. For online registrations, a letter with an attached registration information sheet will be sent immediately via e-mail or fax (if provided), or via postal mail within two weeks. Once your registration confirmation is received, please review all information. Any changes or updates to your registration information can be done via the internet, fax, e-mail or postal mail. If you do not receive your registration confirmation from NOAA on the same day you submit it over the internet or within two weeks if you submit it by postal mail, please call NOAA toll-free at: 1-888-212-SAVE (7283) or 301-817-4515 for assistance.

After initial registration (or re-registration) you will receive a NOAA Proof of Registration Decal by postal mail, to be affixed according to its accompanying instructions. If for some reason you do not receive the registration decal within two weeks, please call NOAA toll-free at: 1-888-212-SAVE (7283) or 301-817-4515 for assistance.

Although the information provided will become a matter of public record, there is no intent to circulate the data furnished beyond its intended purpose, i.e., to assist SAR forces in carrying out their mission of rescue assistance and false alert abatement. Public reporting burden for the collection of this information is estimated to average 15 minutes per response, including the time for reviewing instructions, searching existing data sources, gathering and maintaining the data needed, and completing and reviewing the collection of information. Comments regarding this burden estimate or any other aspect of this collection of information, including suggestions for reducing this burden should be sent to

Department of Commerce
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
SARSAT Beacon Registration
1315 East West Hwy
Silver Spring, MD 20910
Toll free: 888.212.7283
Fax: 301.817.4565

Or call: 1-888-212-SAVE (7283) or 301-817-4515