What does it mean to reinstate a certificate?

If your boat’s Certificate of Documentation (COD) has lapsed, you must reinstate it with the U.S. Coast Guard National Vessel Documentation Center in order to remain compliant with federal regulations.

If it has been more than 30 days since your vessel documentation expired, then you cannot renew your USCG documentation. Instead, you must reinstate it.

To reinstate your documentation, click here.

Through our site, you can renew your vessel documentation for up to five years in advance. To renew vessel documentation, click here.