How Do Your Forms Get to the U.S. Coast Guard?

When someone files a form through our site, we send it to the U.S. Coast Guard as quickly as possible. We do so on a “first come, first served” basis. Some forms have an option for “priority request/rush processing” Those go to the top of our queue.


There are many different U.S. Coast Guard documentation forms at our site. For example, vessels that have never been documented can be documented with this link for national vessel documentation.


Coast Guard vessel documentation has to be renewed every year. However, this can be renewed for 1-5 years from the date of issuance. Vessel owners can use this link for Coast Guard vessel documentation renewal.


For a recently purchased vessel that already has a documented vessel number, use this form for a Coast Guard documentation transfer.


Vessel documentation is a national form of boat registration with the United States Coast Guard.


Documentation provides for unhindered commerce between states, admits vessels to restricted trades (such as the fisheries and coastwise trade), and provides conclusive evidence of nationality.


Vessels that are documented do not have titles. Instead, they maintain Certificates of Documentation. Depending on the laws in your state, your vessel may need to be registered with the state as well.


Vessel financing has been enhanced through the availability of preferred mortgages on documented vessels since 1920.

If you have further questions about American vessel documentation, contact the Vessel Registrar Center at or (800) 535-8570 Monday-Friday, 8 AM to 4:30 PM.