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Radio licences and identifiers: Boating and navigation

  • Permit or other obligation
  • Nationwide
  • Public service

A radio licence is required for the possession and use of radio transmitters in boating and navigation. Such transmitters include marine VHF radiotelephones, Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacons (EPIRB), AIS transmitters, Inmarsat satellite transmitters, marine radars, MF/HF radiotelephones and handheld marine VHF radios, UHF radiotelephones (marine frequencies) as well as personal locator beacons (marine frequencies).

A Maritime Mobile Service Identity (MMSI) is issued in connection with a radio licence. All radio transmitters on board a vessel shall use the MMSI number specified in the radio licence. If you apply for a radio licence for a device that is already coded with a MMSI number, please indicate this number in the application.

To whom and on what terms

A fee is charged for the service.


Period of validity

The radio licence is valid for a fixed period.

Basic information

The service is provided byThe Finnish Transport and Communications Agency Traficom
Responsible for the serviceThe Finnish Transport and Communications Agency Traficom
Area Whole Finland
Available languagesFinnish, Swedish, English
Text edited by: The Finnish Transport and Communications Agency Traficom
Updated: 10/14/2020