FAQ


Marine Documentations Frequently Asked Questions

 Without state number, how is my vessel identified?

Documented vessels are identified by a combination of name, hailing port and unique official number.


Can there be more than one boat with the same name?

Yes. Documented vessels are primarily identified by the Official Number which is awarded to a vessel upon initial documentation. Therefore, documented vessels may have identical or similar names.


What determines the hailing port? 

The hailing port is not restricted to where the owner lives or where the vessel is moored. Under new marking regulations, the hailing port can be any recognized place listed in the U.S. Department of Commerce Publication 55DC. This includes all listed places in the United States or its territories.


If I wish to change the vessel name or hailing port, do I have to re-document?

Yes. The Certificate of Documentation would have to be re-issued to reflect the new name and hailing port.

If I move do I have to re-document?

No. Simply send a change of address notice to the National Vessel Documentation Center (N.V.D.C.), identifying vessel by name and official number.

How do I notify the National Vessel Documentation Center of a change of address?

You may phone fax or email the address change to the NVDC.


Does my Certificate of Documentation have to be renewed?

The Certificate of Documentation expires one year from the month of issuance. The Coast Guard Port of Documentation will send the owner a renewal form approximately 45 days prior to expiration. Simply note any changes, sign and return the form to the Coast Guard documentation office.


NOTE: EFFECTIVE NOVEMBER 10, 2014 A PROCESSING FEE OF $26 WILL BE CHARGED BY THE NVDC.