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How to certify a phone in Ukraine (IMEI phone registration)

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What is IMEI?

IMEI (International Mobile Equipment Identifier) ​​- a number consisting of 15 digits , is a unique number of each GSM standard mobile phone. It is installed at the factory during manufacturing and serves for accurate and complete identification of the device in the GSM network.

Today came from the operator of SMS, that IMEI of our not the cheapest phones are included in the "gray" base !

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On July 1, 2009, sales of mobile phones were prohibited in Ukraine, the IMEI codes of which (IMEI - International Mobile Equipment Identity - unique serial phone number) were not entered into the general database. Now the seller is obliged to check the availability of the IMEI code in the so-called white list before selling the mobile phone using the Internet or SMS message.

As already known, all purchased phones abroad Ukraine, whether China, Russia or any other country, currently require certification in Ukraine, because soon these phones will be turned off.

Phones count and number

According to the document, the IMEI codes of all the devices will be entered into a single database maintained by the UCRF, and access to it will be provided both by the controlling state authorities (NCCR, MIA, etc.) and communication operators. Until June 30, retailers had the right to sell terminals without registering their IMEI codes, but after this date, selling phones without registering their code is prohibited. In addition, companies supplying mobile phones to Ukraine will also be required to register them with the UCRF before selling at retail. Thus, the IMEI of all new phones will be automatically included in the common base of UCRF. Telecommunications operators are also obliged to transfer the IMEI codes of all their subscribers to the common database until October. By this time, a so-called “black list” will be formed in the system, which will include the codes of lost or stolen phones. Phones that are not included in the general database or declared in the search will not be served by any operator.

In addition, in April, the decision of the National Commission for the Regulation of Communications (NCRC) entered into force, prohibiting the importation into Ukraine without permission of more than two mobile phones, and for the rest to obtain permission from the UCRF. How to bring a mobile phone identified UCRF. All imported phones must be registered with the UCRT by submitting an application with an IMEI code in person or by sending it by registered mail.

Mass outages can not be afraid

All mobile phones connected to the network before September 1, 2009 inclusive, regardless of the connection period, will be serviced without restrictions.

Owners of these mobile phones do not need to register previously purchased phones or check their legality. They will be served by mobile operators without any restrictions in the future.

After September 1, operators, when new subscriber phones are connected, will automatically check their IMEI with a common base. If the subscriber connects a new phone, the IMEI of which is not listed in the common database, he receives an SMS message stating that this unit can be serviced only for three months. During this period, the subscriber can independently submit an application to the UCRF branch (the addresses of the branches are indicated in the SMS) with the request to register his phone. But, since IMEI is the serial number of the telephone, it does not matter which operator’s SIM card is used in it.

Smuggling and stealing into the past

How to certify a phone in Ukraine

According to representatives of the UCRF, the innovation is intended to stop the "gray import" of mobile phones in Ukraine, the losses from which, according to UCRF estimates, amount to 1-1.5 billion UAH per year only due to non-payment of VAT on the importation of mobile phones to Ukraine. So, in 2007, about 720 thousand mobile phones imported into Ukraine were certified. Meanwhile, according to analysts, about 8.5 million units were sold in the country. That is, only 8.5% of phones were legally imported (and sold). In 2008, the situation improved somewhat, but not radically. According to UCRF statistics, 1.3 million telephones were certified in the country, and 7.9–8.5 million units were sold on the market. Budget losses are estimated at up to 1.5 billion UAH.

Another advantage of maintaining a common database IMEI is the ability to block stolen devices. After the theft, the police, knowing the IMEI device, will be able to put it on the “black list”, the devices from which will not be served by any operator. In this way, the state hopes to make theft of mobile phones in Ukraine meaningless.

Operators are against, sellers are for

According to mobile operators, innovation, despite its apparent benefits, has a number of negative sides. For example, the fact that all costs associated with the regulation of the importation of mobile, falls on the shoulders of mobile companies that are not directly related to this market, and later can be passed on to the shoulders of subscribers. In addition, they believe that at first this initiative can lead to a large number of complaints from consumers, because a mobile phone can be purchased without appropriate documents, for which the consumer himself does not bear any responsibility.

Representatives of retailers believe that the smuggling of phones is still unlikely to be stopped in this way, but the above procedure has an undeniable advantage: the manufacturer and importer, not retailers, will be responsible for the illegal importation of phones.

White, Gray, Black

As of 01/09/2009, Ukrchastotnadzor has recorded all IMEI phones that have been included in Ukraine at least once and they are automatically on the “white list”. There are also "gray" and "black" lists.

The “gray list” is the phones that were imported into the territory of Ukraine after 1.09.2009, even if they were purchased certified in the country where they were bought, in Ukraine they will need to be re-certified. Non-certified phones will be disconnected immediately, as soon as it is technically possible, Ukrainian telecom operators are already preparing for this.

The “black list” is the phones that have been lost, stolen or with the “interlaced” IMEI.

So, at the moment, all the phones that were received in international parcels from relatives or bought in online stores with delivery from abroad, as well as personally imported phones from abroad, can be certified for FREE. You will only spend money on postage stamps to send an envelope with the application and documents to Ukrfastodnadzor.

OPTIONS of the origin of the mobile phone

  1. purchased personally during your stay from abroad
  2. I personally purchased during my stay from abroad in the CIS countries (for example, in Russia)
  3. Received in international mail, international express shipments
  4. purchased in an electronic store outside Ukraine
    1. 1.When importing a telephone from abroad, the application shall be attached:

  • a copy or original of the customs declaration , which indicates the brand and the number of phones ( not more than two )
  • a copy of the passport (1 page with a photo and a page with marks about crossing the border)

2. When importing a telephone from abroad from CIS countries (for example, from Russia), the application shall be attached to:

  • a copy or original of the customs declaration , which indicates the brand and the number of phones ( not more than two )
  • copy of passport (1, 2 page and page with registration or registration)
  • if available, attach a copy of the migration card with a border crossing mark.

3. When receiving a telephone (no more than two) in international mail (parcel), or in international express shipments (packet), the application shall be attached:

  • copy of passport (1, 2 page and page with registration or registration)
  • copy or original of the international customs declaration - form СN23 , or label СN22
  • add a copy or the original of the Act of the actual investment of the "EMS" shipment, in which the phone number and a copy of the viewing list are indicated (in case of receiving the phone in an international express shipment)

4.When buying a phone (no more than two) in an electronic store (which is located outside of Ukraine), the following is attached to the application:

  • copy of passport (1, 2 page and page with registration or registration)
  • copy or original of the international customs declaration - form СN23 , or label СN22
  • enclose a copy or the original of the Act on the actual investment of the “EMS” shipment, in which the telephone number and a copy of the viewing list are indicated

Some phones contain two IMEI numbers (for example, phones like Samsung Duos 780 (880)), in this case, you need to specify two IMEI numbers in the application in order to be entered into the code base.

Attention!!! Copies of the passport identifying the applicant’s identity and the person who purchased (brought) the mobile phone must be attached to the application.


  1. In the case of the importation of a mobile phone from abroad, the application shall be accompanied by the original of the completed customs declaration, which specifies the brand and number of phones. If, when importing a phone from abroad, the customs declaration was not completed, a copy of documents certifying the legality of the purchase of this phone must be attached to the application (photocopy of the first page of the passport and the page with a border crossing mark.
  2. In the case of receiving a mobile phone in international mailing, one of the documents is attached to the application, which is provided for by the Procedure and conditions for the customs control of goods and other items moved (sent) across the customs border in international mailings (approved by the Decree of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine of 25.12. 02 No. 1948):
    1. a) CN 23 customs declaration, which must be filled in during the transfer (shipment) of parcels, expedited mail "EMS" and declared value;
    2. b) the label "Customs CN 22", which is required when moving (sending) small packages, packages, bags "M" and expedited mail "EMS" with an attachment of written correspondence;
    3. c) cargo customs declaration - in cases stipulated by the legislation;
    4. d) a certificate of the established form for goods and other items sent, consisting of an employee of the postal operator in case of non-declaration by the sender of goods and other items or the absence of the customs declaration CN; 23 (label "CN 22 Customs") before the departure, addressed to the citizen.
  3. In the case of receiving a mobile phone in an international express shipment, one of the documents is attached to the application, which are provided for by the Procedure and conditions for the implementation of customs control of goods and other items, are moved (sent) across the customs border in international express shipments (approved by the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine on 12.25.02 No. 1948):
    1. a) the customs declaration M 16 (in the case of receipt of shipments to citizens);
    2. b) a customs declaration (in the case of sending items by citizens);
    3. c) cargo customs declaration - in cases stipulated by law.
  4. When ordering a mobile phone through online stores abroad and receiving it via international postal or express mail for an order, the application is accompanied by documents specified in clauses 2 and 3

Sample application for inclusion in the “white list” of the phone: http://www.ucrf.gov.ua/uk/imei_base/1257322590/

Address for sending an application and attached documents: 03179, Ukraine, Kiev, Peremoga Avenue, 15 km, Ukrainian State Radio Frequency Center

Question-answer on the website of Ukrchastotnadzor: http://www.ucrf.gov.ua/uk/imei_base/faq/

Thus, buying phones with delivery from abroad or importing phones purchased abroad, you can.