Get Started Using the International Registry of Interests in Rolling Stock

The International Registry of Interests in Rolling Stock, also known as the Rolling Stock Registry, offers rail financiers a new opportunity to register and search notices of interests in railway rolling stock. The Rolling Stock Registry’s online search and registration services offer secure real-time access to important information that lowers the risk of lending supporting the vitality of the global rail sector.

Step 1

Review Important Materials

Understand the framework the Rolling Stock Registry operates within by reviewing important information and resources:

  • The Rolling Stock Registry operates within the international legal framework of the Cape Town Convention and the Luxembourg Protocol. The Convention and Protocol establish the legal foundation of the Registry.
  • State ratification is a critical consideration in application of the Protocol. UNIDROIT, the International Institute for the Unification of Private Law, plays a key role in the supporting the advancement of state ratification and maintains a complete list of state ratifications to-date.
  • To enhance the certainty of asset identification, the Protocol introduces a unique identifier for items of rolling stock — the URVIS identifier. In support of the Protocol, the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) adopted the Model Rules on the Permanent Identification of Railway Rolling Stock.

Step 2

Submit a Declaration

Parties prepared to undertake to be bound by the Model Rules on the Permanent Identification of Railway Rolling Stock may submit a declaration to the Rolling Stock Registry by completing the Declaration Form.

  • The Registrar of the Rolling Stock Registry will post the names of parties that have submitted declarations.
  • Visit the Declarations page to view all declarations and any revocations received by the Rolling Stock Registry.

Step 3

Gain Access to the Registry


The Rolling Stock Registry has a broad range of customers, including rolling stock keepers, owners, financiers and their service providers. To accommodate the scope of customer needs while ensuring overall security and integrity, the Rolling Stock Registry offers two levels of access:

  • Guest Users: These users can obtain URVIS Identifiers or conduct Rolling Stock Registry searches. To set up this access, basic information about the individual and a verified email address are required. The Rolling Stock Registry also makes use of multi-factor authentication (MFA) as part of the login process.
  • Authorised Users: These users can participate in the registration process on behalf of authenticated entities as parties or service providers to complete registry transactions. Requests to become an Authorised User are submitted through the Rolling Stock Registry, then vetted by the Registrar to ensure the registry integrity. Once approved, Authorised Users can act as Administrators and prepare, submit and consent to registration submissions.


To be active in the registration process as a named party on registrations or as a service provider, a party must establish itself as an Authenticated Entity. A request for authentication is prepared and submitted by an Authorised User within the Rolling Stock Registry. Organisations are encouraged to identify an individual to act as the organisation’s primary administrator for the purposes of completing the authentication process. Once authenticated, an organisation can add multiple Authorised Users as Administrators.


The Registrar recognises the critical role service providers have in rolling stock financing. Service providers can establish themselves in the Rolling Stock Registry the same way as parties. Once a service provider has established itself as an Authenticated Entity, other parties with Authenticated Entity status can select the service provider as a Designated Representative. Once a service provider is identified as a Designated Representative for a party, a service provider can prepare, submit and consent to registrations on behalf that party.

After initial approval, Authorised Users and Authenticated Entities will have access to the registration facilities of the Rolling Stock Registry for 12 months, after which they will be required to renew their status annually in order to retain access.


Step 4

Begin Transacting

With the necessary user and entity setup tasks completed, customers can begin ordering URVIS Identifiers, preparing submissions, and searching the Rolling Stock Registry.

The Registrar recognizes that time is of the essence when securing interests in rolling stock. With few exceptions, the Rolling Stock Registry operates in real-time, whether in completing URVIS Issuance requestions or processing search and registration requests.

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