How to Do Vessel Documentation Name Change More Efficiently?

A boat’s name is often more than just a label. It is a reflection of its identity and a source of pride for its owner. However, there are various reasons you, as a boat owner, might want to change your vessel’s name, from superstitious to personal preferences. While the vessel documentation name change process might seem like a daunting process, it can be done efficiently and effectively with the right guidance. Here are the steps to make the process more efficient. 

Reasons for Vessel Documentation Name Change 

It is important to understand boat owners want to change their vessel’s name. Here are some common reasons. 

  •     Superstitions: Some believe that renaming a boat brings bad luck, and changing the name is seen as a way to avoid misfortune. 
  •     Personal Preference: Owners may wish to rename their boat to reflect a change in personal taste, or sentiment or to align with a new theme or brand. 
  •     Legal Obligation: Occasionally, a boat’s name may need to be changed to comply with specific regulations or requirements. 
  •     New Ownership: When a boat changes ownership, the new owner might decide to give it a fresh identity. 

The Most Efficient Way to Proceed 

Research Your New Name

Carefully select the new name for your vessel. Ensure it is unique and not already in use by another registered boat. You can use the National Vessel Documentation Center (NVDC) database to verify name availability. 

Notify the USCG

If your vessel is federally documented you must inform the USCG of the name change. Complete the necessary forms, including the Application for Documentation and request for Exchange of Certificate of Documentation. 

Provide Required Documentation 

Include all required documentation such as the bill of sale, proof of ownership, and the old Certificate of Documentation. 

Pay for Applicable Fees

Expect to pay processing fees, which can vary based on the size and type of vessel, as well as the spread of processing. 

Receive the New Certificate 

Once your application is approved you will receive a new Certificate of Documentation with your boat’s updated name. 

Update State Registration

If your boat is also registered at the state level, you will need to update the name with the relevant state agency. This often involves completing a state-specific form and paying any required fees. 

Update the Vessel 

Finally, physically update the boat’s name on the hull, bow, or transom by state and federal regulations. This typically involves adhering to specific lettering and size requirements. 

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Use Our Processing Services 

If you need more assistance when processing your request, you may contact our experts at Vessel Registrar Center. Every document that you need is found on the Vessel Registrar Center website. Consult our experts here if you are not sure what to do next. Do not hesitate to get in touch with our team if you want clarification on some aspects of your boat ownership. 

We look forward to hearing from you if you wish to know how to proceed with the vessel documentation name change.