Can uscg documentation numbers expire?

USCG documentation numbers are permanent and never expire. This means that a vessel with a USCG documentation number can retain it in perpetuity, without the need to renew or reapply for a new one. This is an important feature of USCG documentation as it enables potential buyers to check the authenticity of vessels they may purchase, by verifying the history associated with the vessel’s documentation number.

The permanence of USCG documentation ensures that vessels will remain identifiable in perpetuity without having to worry about renewing or reapplying for new documentation numbers. Ultimately, USCG documentation numbers are permanent and never expire, providing a secure means of identification for all registered vessels.

To apply for initial vessel documentation, use this form.

To renew your ship documentation, click here.