Initial Vessel Documentation
Use this form to obtain US Coast Guard Documentation for new vessels and vessels which have never been documented. If you have purchased a used vessel and it has an Official Documentation Number, please use the form for Transfer/Exchange of Documentation and be sure to upload the appropriate Bill of Sale and/or State Title.
If the vessel is new and has never been documented, ownership may be established by submission of a Builder’s Certification (Form CG-1261), naming the applicant for documentation as the person for whom the vessel was built or to whom the vessel was first transferred. Also acceptable are a transfer on a Manufacturer’s Certificate of Origin, a copy of the State Registration or Title, or foreign registration showing that the applicant owns the vessel.