Aruba is a small island in the southern Caribbean just fifteen miles off the coast of Venezuela. Aruba forms part of the Dutch Kingdom and is an associated EU territory. Aruba is 19.6 miles long and six miles across at its widest point. Its capital is Oranjestad and has a population of approximately 100,000.

The International Air Safety Office and the Government of Aruba established a strategic partnership to develop the Registry of Aruba which is the world's first privately managed category 1 International Aircraft Registration Programme.

Since its establishment in 1995 and Aruba has since developed into an attractive and popular jurisdiction for the registration of private, corporate and commercial aircraft.

Aruba is a party to the Cape Town Convention on International Interests in Mobile Equipment and the Protocol to the Convention on Matters Specific to Aircraft Equipment (hereafter the Cape Town Convention or the Convention). This offers important protection of security rights in aircraft and therefore facilitates financing.

Benefits of Registration in Aruba

  1. High regulatory and safety standards
  2. The DCA is staffed by highly qualified personnel
  3. Accession to the Cape Town Convention
  4. Stable legal and political jurisdiction
  5. An OECD whitelist jurisdiction
  6. Favourable tax jurisdiction - 0% VAT, 0% corporation tax, 0% income tax
  7. A strong legal system based upon EU law and a secure mortgage registry
  8. A neutral and low profile 'P4' registration mark
  9. Aircraft owners may transfer their personalised registration mark from one aircraft to another
  10. Flexibility in requirements for registered ownership and beneficial ownership can be confidentially maintained

Qualified Owners

(a) Members of the European Union States
(b) Members of the European Economic Zone States
(c) Members of the British Commonwealth
(d) The United States of America
(e) United Arab Emirates


To commence the registration process and to make arrangements for the airworthiness inspection of the aircraft, the following preliminary items are required to be submitted prior to the survey:

  1. Application for a Certificate of Registration (Form INS-4.014)
  2. Application for a Certificate of Airworthiness (Form INS-4.009)
  3. Details of the aircraft location and dates of the airworthiness inspection; aircraft serial number and model
  4. Request for out-of-sequence registration marks consisting of prefix P4- followed by any combination of 3 letters
  5. Payment of associated fees
  6. One page from Aircraft Flight Manual to confirm the Maximum Take-off Weight (MTOW)

Who to contact

If you are interested in more information regarding the registration of your aircraft in Aruba or to check the availability of a 'P4' Suffix, please contact our REGISTRATION, MANAGEMENT & ADMINISTRATION TEAM





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