How often do I need to update my vessel documentation?

USCG documentation must be renewed on an annual basis. This includes all vessels over five net tons that are documented with the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG). Owners of documented vessels must complete a renewal application and pay the applicable fee to maintain their USCG documentation for another year.

Failure to renew will result in the expiry of the vessel’s documentation and the loss of certain privileges associated with it.

It is important for owners to take note of these annual renewal requirements and ensure that they are adhered to in order for them to continue enjoying benefits associated with USCG documentation.

Vessel owners can renew their documentation through our site here.

Additionally, vessel owners may choose to renew their documentation for two, three, four, and even up to five years in advance through our site as well.

“Rush processing/priority request” options are available through our site as well. Choosing this puts vessel owners’ requests at the top of our queue so that they receive their documentation that much more quickly.