Transfer/Exchange of Active Vessel Documentation


Use this form if you are:

  • Adding/removing a spouse to the Certificate of Documentation after a passing or divorce 
  • Selling/transferring your vessel: When the sale is finalized you may complete a U.S. Coast Guard Bill of Sale (CG-1340). If there is an outstanding mortgage, the mortgagee (lender) should complete a Satisfaction of Mortgage. The vessel cannot be removed or transferred from documentation with an outstanding mortgage or lien.
  • Transferring Documentation into a Trust, Corporation or LLC
  • Making ANY changes to the vessel’s endorsement status or managing owner’s name. 

NOTE: FILING THIS APPLICATION DOES NOT ENTITLE A VESSEL TO DOCUMENTATION OR TO ANY CHANGES SOUGHT ON A CERTIFICATE OF DOCUMENTATION. OFFICIAL NUMBERS DESIGNATED ON THE BASIS OF THIS APPLICATION ARE NOT TRANSFERABLE. ONLY A CURRENT CERTIFICATE OF DOCUMENTATION IS VALID FOR VESSEL OPERATION.