Consult the US Coast Guard Registry Via Lookups and Abstracts

If you own a vessel, you are probably aware of the US Coast Guard registry, which is the database where the titular agency stores all the relevant information about the registered vessels. This is not a classified archive, though, since it can be easily accessed and consulted with the right information. This is a public registry, all you need to do is know how to actually access it. That’s what we’re here for.

US Coast Guard Registry

So, if you need to request some information that is part of the US Coast Guard registry, you will need to consider the two ways in which you can get there. This will ultimately depend on what exactly it is that you need to learn and how much information you need. Some will be easily accessible on the database’s online lookup tool while you will need to request abstracts through forms for other information. Let’s go over the two main venues for consulting the Coast Guard registry for information.

Joining the US Coast Guard Registry

So, if you want to make sure that your vessel is properly registered with the United States Coast Guard, you will have to apply for initial registration, which is actually necessary for commercial vessels to be able to operate under the proper regulations. Now, while the process in and of itself is pretty straightforward, it can include a lot of things, to the point in which it can sometimes become overwhelming. Don’t worry, though, because our team here at the Maritime Documentation Center is here to make sure that the whole process is both smooth and convenient for you. Once you find the initial registration form on our website, the rest of the process will be fairly easy.

Consulting the Registry

Now, if what you need to do is consult the US Coast Guard registry for some reason, you will have two options. On one hand, if all you need to do is quickly check the status of your registration, you consult the database via the United States Coast Guard’s homeport lookup. However, if you need more comprehensive information about the vessel in question, including data about its past owners, potential claims of lien, or other documentation related to it, then you will want to request an abstract of the title. This will provide you with the history of the vessel’s documentation from even before you owned it in case you got it secondhand. All you need to do in order to request an abstract of title is submit the corresponding form through our website.

US Coast Guard Registry

Maritime Documentation Forms

Requesting an abstract of title from the US Coast Guard registry, like any documentation process, can quickly get somewhat frustrating. This is why our team here at the Maritime Documentation Center is here to help make it easier. All the forms you might need are ready for you to fill out and submit through our website for your convenience. Any questions? Give us a call at 1-866-981-8783 or email us at with your questions and we’ll do our best to help out.