How to Search for a Coast Guard Documented Vessel

You can search for a Coast Guard documented vessel through our site if you have a vessel’s Hull Identification Number (HIN) and/or Official Number. 

Use this site link to search for a Coast Guard documented vessel.

This search will provide you with vessel information such as the vessel’s name, its flag, Official Number, and Hull Identification Number. 

Vessel Particulars in the search results consist of the vessel’s length, breadth, depth, the year it was built, and its service/endorsement. 

Vessel Documents and Certifications states when the vessel’s most recent Certificate of Documentation was issued as well as its current expiration date. 

Service Information such as the vessel’s status and its Tonnage Information are also included. 

The search will not include the Managing Owner’s name or address. Past searches may have included that information but in 2018 it was removed from public access. 

To find that information as well as the vessel’s chain of ownership, use this link to file for an Abstract of Title vessel. This Abstract will also include a full account of any liens/encumbrances against the vessel. 

Another way to find the owner of a USCG Documented Vessel: by requesting a Certified Copy of the Certificate of Documentation. This includes the Managing Owner’s name, address, and other information. 

Use this link to apply for a Certified Copy of USCG Certificate of Documentation.

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.