How To: Coast Guard License Renewal

Vessel owners can use our site to renew their US Coast Guard vessel documentation. To renew a Certificate of Documentation, use this link for Coast Guard license renewal.


This only pertains to Federal documentation through the United States Coast Guard. In regards to licensing as a member of the Coast Guard, refer to their laws.


Documentation must be renewed every year. Through our site, vessel owners with a “Recreational” endorsement will have the option to renew their documentation for up to five years in advance.


Renewing less than 60 days before the expiration date is recommended. Renewing more than 60 days prior to expiration will issue renewal with a new expiration and issuance date, thus shortening the documentation’s period of validity.


Vessel owners can renew their documentation up to 30 days after the expiration date.

After that period, vessel owners cannot “renew” their documentation. However, they can reinstate it. Vessel owners can use this link to reinstate their vessel documentation.