Electronic Class and Statutory Certificates

DNV GL has rolled out IMO-compliant electronic class and statutory certificates to mark a historic milestone in leveraging digitalisation to continuously improve customer experience. More than 100,000 certificates have been issued on more than 10,000 vessels within 8 months after the launch.


Moving to digital

Digitally signed electronic documents are becoming easier, more secure and more common in all industries, shipping included. DNV GL is the first classification society to achieve full-scale production capability of electronic certificates. This enables issuance of electronic certificates on the entire DNV GL fleet of vessels at the first periodical survey after the roll out, subject to respective Flag acceptance.

Major benefits

Ship owners and managers, as well as flag states and port state authorities, vetting agencies and many other companies will benefit from a paperless class and statutory regime. Managing, sharing, storing and verifying the authenticity of certificates is easy and secure with DNV GL’s support.

With electronic certificates from DNV GL,

  • owners and other stakeholders can save time and money because of a reduced administrative burden,
  • paper handling is eliminated (printing, scanning, archiving),
  • certificates can be easily shared with stakeholders using access codes,
  • the latest certificates are always made available on My DNV GL Fleet Status,
  • there is no risk of losing a certificate.

How it works (2 min. Video)

The certificates are published on the customer portal, My DNV GL Fleet status, immediately upon completion of a survey or issuance from a DNV GL office. Certificates can also be received by utilizing an e-mail subscription facility in My DNV GL or delivered in an electronic format onboard the vessel. 

Digitally signed electronic documents are both safe and easy to share with charterers, ports, flag administrations, insurers and other stakeholders. 

The documents are protected against tampering and carry a digital signature and a unique tracking number (UTN) for the purpose of checking their validity and authenticity. The validity and authenticity of a document can be checked through an online authentication service available from by entering the UTN and the ship’s DNV GL ID. 

Operators can also share the secure certificate folder with stake holders of their choice by using temporary access codes generated in My DNV GL Fleet Status.

For more information, view the User Guide for electronic certificates.


  • For customers: DATE – Direct Access to Technical Experts via My DNV GL
  • Otherwise: Use our office locator to find the nearest DNV GL maritime office

User guides

Owner’s user guide

Download the 6-page PDF

Third party user guide

Download the 7-page PDF

Related links

Document authentication from DNV GL

WEBINAR: Electronic Certificates

Watch the video recording and download the slides

The end of the paper chase

Read our press release

IMO guidelines for the use of electronic certificates

Download the file

News - Troublesome paper certificates and why the maritime industry must embrace e-Certificates

Visit the page

News - Danish, Norwegian and Singapore maritime authorities sign memorandum of understanding on use of E-Certificates

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Circular – Use of electronic certificates on board ships flying the flag of Singapore.

Download the file

Technical and Regulatory News: DNV GL introduces electronic signatures

for fleet in service documents, November 2016