Maritime and coastguard agency - Register a Beacon Accreditation

Digital Accessibility Centre Certificate of Accreditation

Accreditation Certificate Number: Maritime and coastguard agency - Register a Beacon/01

Client: Maritime and Coastguard Agency

Service: Register a Beacon

Certificate Issued From: 17th September 2021 Until: 16th September 2022

Platform: Desktop and mobile


To achieve certification each product undergoes a manual technical compliance review against WCAG 2.1 to level AA.

The service underwent both a technical compliance audit and robust end to end testing by users with a wide range of disabilities including blind, low vision, dyslexia, colour blindness, mobility impairments, learning difficulties, Deaf, Asperger syndrome and anxiety and panic disorder.

All testing is carried out in line with relevant platform specific guidelines, and where applicable, conforms with The Public Sector Bodies (Websites and Mobile Applications) (No. 2) Accessibility Regulations 2018. Testing also conforms to Section 508 of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)

Known Accessibility Issues

  • Error suggestions on the 'Create a Beacon Registry Account - GOV.UK' page are not specific of the error that has occurred. This fails 3.3.3 Error Suggestion (Level AA). However, this page belongs to a third party which is beyond the Maritime and Coastguard Agency's control.
  • Some users found some link text difficult to read due to the low contrast of foreground and background colours (foreground: #1d70b8; background: #FFFFFF; point size: 12pt; weight: normal). The expected minimum colour contrast ratio for text of this size and weight is 7:1. This fails 1.4.6 Contrast (Enhanced) (Level AAA)
  • DAC Certification logo

    Scope of Testing


    1. ‘Register a UK 406 Beacon for commercial or pleasure use' landing page
    2. ‘Do you have a beacon registry account?' page
    3. ‘Create a Beacon Registry Account' page
    4. You will receive a verification code by email.
    5. The page will refresh and you will be required to provide a password and confirm that password before clicking on ‘Create'.
    6. ‘Your Beacon Registry Account' page
    7. ‘Check beacon details' page
    8. ‘Beacon information' page
    9. ‘What is the main use for this beacon?' page
    10. ‘Is your maritime use of this beacon mainly for pleasure or commercial reasons?' page
    11. ‘Please select the pleasure maritime activity that best describes how the beacon will be used'
    12. ‘About the vessel, windfarm or rig/platform' page
    13. ‘How can we communicate with you, when on this vessel, rig or windfarm?' page
    14. ‘Provide more details that would help in a search' page
    15. ‘Summary of how you use this beacon' page
    16. ‘About the beacon owner' page
    17. ‘What is the beacon owners address?' page
    18. ‘Add emergency contact for up to 3 people' page
    19. ‘Check your answers' page
    20. ‘Application Complete' confirmation page