by MET Staff
| Monday, June 30, 2014 |
To obtain Coast Guard approval, vessel documentation will meet the
- Ensure you meet the requirements
for vessel documentation, per 46 CFR Part 67.
- Collect all the requested
- Pay the application fee.
- Submit an application to the
National Vessel Documentation Center (NVDC).
How to Get Approved by
the Coast Guard for Vessel Documentation
You’ll need to make sure you meet the general
requirements for obtaining vessel documentation. In order to be eligible for
documentation, your vessel must weigh five net tons or more, you must be a U.S.
citizen, and your vessel must have been built in the United States using U.S.
The USCG explains other general requirements for Coast Guard
- CG-1258 – the
owner of the vessel will need to complete CG-1258, Application for Initial, Exchange or Replacement of Certificate of
- CG-1261 – if
seeking a fishery or coastwise endorsement, the builder of the vessel must
complete CG-1261, Builder's
Certification and First Transfer of Title.
- CG-5397 – if
CG-1261 cannot be provided, form CG-5296, Application for Simplified Measurement, is an alternative.
- CG-1340 –CG-1340,
Bill of Sale, is required. If
you are the original owner and your Builder's
Certification & First Transfer of Title form identifies you as
"Party for Whom Built" in Block V, CG-1340 is not required.
You can obtain forms on the USCG NVDC website.
If you need help in determining specific requirements, you can contact the NVDC
Paying Coast Guard Vessel
provides the fee schedule in their NVDCINST16713/1-6 publication, Initial Vessel Documentation. Fees are
non-refundable as per 46 CFR 67.500(e).
As of the time of this writing, the
fees are as follows:
- Initial application
fee – $133;
- Fishery endorsement
– $12; and
- Recreation or
registry – free.
request more than one endorsement, you don’t have to pay both endorsement fees.
You will only pay the highest endorsement rate, i.e., $29.
You can pay your fees via:
- check or money
order payable to the U.S. Coast Guard; or
- credit card by
submitting form CG-7042, Authorization for Credit Card
with your application.
subject to change, so you’ll want to contact the NVDC to double check the
current rate prior to submitting your payment.
Ensuring You Meet All the
information includes only basic guidelines. To obtain more detailed info about Coast
Guard vessel documentation regulations, you can download them in .pdf format on
the access.gpo.gov website or you can contact
the U.S. government bookstore for printed copies of regulations. You can request printed copies on the
bookstore.gpo.gov website or by sending your request via:
- phone (202- 512-1800 from 7:30 am to
4:30 pm EST);
- fax (202-512-2250); or
- mail (Superintendent of Documents, P.O.
Box 371954, Pittsburgh, PA 15250-7954).
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