This is the form to register a new vessel or to Document a vessel that has not been previously registered in the vessel Database.
This form is required for vessels in which the Certificate of Documentation has passed 30 days of expiration.
This form will allow you to change the address on your vessel’s Certificate of Documentation with the National Vessel Documentation Center.
The required online annual renewal form for both Commercial and Recreational vessels.
Obtain a certified copies of a vessel’s Certificate of Documentation. This form can provide critical information on a vessel’s current Documentation
Use this form to obtain complete Documentation information on any vessel such as the Chain of Ownership, Mortgages, and Active Lien Status since its induction into Documentation.
Avoid costly expiration fees with Automatic Annual Renewals. Provides the ability to renew up to 5 years in advance.
This form is required to transfer or exchange ownership of a vessel via form CG-1258.
The name and/or hailing port may be changed by filing this application for change with the appropriate fees. If your vessel is subject to a mortgage of record, you must obtain permission from the mortgagee via this form.
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What is the purpose of documenting my vessel?
Just like automobile registration, documenting your vessel with the US Coast Guard identifies nationality, establishes indisputable possession and helps regulate vessels of restricted trades.
Can I submit my documents online?
All Applications may be completed and processed online using this Website Portal. Upon completion, forms will be reviewed by a Documentation Specialist. Our specialists can help correct simple mistakes and avoid unnecessary delays in the operation of your vessel.
Does my vessel require documentation?
All vessels that weigh five net tons or more and that operate in navigable waters of the United States or in the Exclusive Economic Zone. This includes vessels used for fishing activities and coastwise trade.
How long is my certificate of documentation valid for?
A certificate of documentation is valid for one year from the date of issuance, unless changes are made; with the exception of a change of address. All Certificates of Documentation must be renewed on an annual basis, unless you have paid in advance for multiple years of Documentation Renewal via this Portal.