Do you need to get your boat documented? If you are not sure, complete the form below.
USCG Documentation Form
What is a Documented Vessel?
A document vessel is one that is registered by Federal Government through the U.S. Coast Guard, rather than titled and numbered by a state. Pleasure vessels of 5 net tons and over (usually 26 feet and up) may be documented and commercial vessels of 5 net tons and over (usually 26 feet and up) may be documented and commercial vessels 5 net tons and over must be documented.
What are the Benefits of Documentation?
Some benefits of Federal documentation are:
What are the Citizenship Requirements?
1. All individual owners must be U.S. Citizens.
2. In order for a corporation to qualify as a "citizen of the United States", it must be incorporated in the U.S.; the president or other chief executive officer must be a U.S. citizen, and there may be no more alien directors than minority of the number required for a quorum. There are requirements pertaining to stock ownership, according to the use of the vessel.
3. There are specific requirements for partnerships and other types of ownership, which we will be glad to discuss.
What are the marking regulations?
Every documented vessel is issued an official number. The official number must be marked in a visible place on her main beam. The official number remains with the vessel permanently. When the vessel is sold, the license must be turned in to the United States Coast Guard and the new owner must redocument the vessel.
The hailing port and the name of the vessel must appear on some conspicuous place on the hull of the vessel.
For pleasure boats, the name and hailing port must be marked together in clearly legible letters, including script lettering. Name boards are acceptable, if they are attached to the hull in a permanent manner. The letter used shall not be less than 4 inches in height.