Acquiring a Certificate of Documentation and Hanging Onto It

Certificate of Documentation

Getting and maintaining US Coast Guard vessel documentation may seem like a daunting task, especially if you are unfamiliar with the process. As fellow vessel owners, we understand the confusion and uncertainty that comes with handling documentation for your vessel. That’s why we have created this comprehensive guide to help you navigate the complexities of US Coast Guard vessel documentation effortlessly. Through our site, you can not just apply to acquire a Certificate of Documentation, but you can renew it, reinstate it, and more. 

Understanding the Basics

If your vessel is wholly owned by an American citizen and measures at least five net tons, then you can document it. You can get a COD. That said, if your vessel is to be utilized for fishing or coastwise trade on American navigable waters or in the Exclusive Economic Zone, it is mandatory to document your vessel. 

It’s important to note that “net tons” refers to volume, not weight. Typically, a vessel that is 25 feet or longer will likely meet the five net ton requirement. Finding the necessary forms for your documentation is made easy on our website, ensuring a hassle-free process.

The Renewal Process for Your Certificate of Documentation 

Once you have successfully documented your vessel, the documentation is valid for one year. After this period, you are required to renew your vessel documentation annually. While this might seem like a recurring inconvenience, we offer a convenient solution on our platform. 

Instead of dealing with the yearly renewal hassle, our experts can handle your vessel documentation renewal for up to five years in advance. This means you can have peace of mind, knowing your vessel documentation is in order for an extended period, allowing you to focus on enjoying your vessel without unnecessary concerns.

Effortless Reinstatement

Life can get busy, and it’s easy to forget about renewing your vessel documentation until it’s too late. If you find yourself in a situation where your documentation has expired for more than 30 days, we have you covered. Our website provides all the necessary resources for reinstating your vessel documentation promptly. This ensures you can continue using your vessel without interruptions, even if your documentation has lapsed.

Understanding Endorsements

Every documented vessel serves a unique purpose, which is why there are different endorsements available for specific uses. For instance, if your vessel is intended for fishery purposes, there is a corresponding endorsement, conveniently named “Fishery.” 

Similarly, if your vessel is primarily used in coastwise trade, a specific endorsement covers this scenario. “Registry” endorsements are designed for vessels engaged in foreign trade, while the “Recreation” endorsement is for vessels used purely for recreational purposes.

Of course, you can change the endorsement at any time through our site. Simply complete the “Change of Endorsement/Trade Indicator” form. 

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A National Documentation Portal for National Documentation Solutions 

Obtaining and maintaining US Coast Guard vessel documentation doesn’t have to be a daunting task. With our user-friendly platform and expert assistance, you can confidently fulfill your documentation requirements, allowing you to focus on enjoying your vessel without the worry of administrative complexities. To see all of the ways that we can help, click here.