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There are two methods of registration for U.S. recreational vessels:
Vessel Registration: All undocumented vessels equipped with propulsion machinery
must be registered in the state of principal use. A Certificate of Number will be issued
upon registration and the number must be displayed on your vessel. The owner/operator
of a vessel must also carry the valid Certificate of Number whenever the vessel is in use.
When a vessel is moved to a new state of principal use, the Certificate remains valid for
60 days. Check with your state boating authority for registration requirements. Some
states require all vessels to be registered, including vessels that are manually propelled
and those that are Coast Guard documented.
The owner of a vessel must notify the agency that issued the Certificate of Number
within 15 days if:
If the Certificate of Number becomes invalid for any reason, it must be surrendered to
the issuing authority within 15 days.
Recreational vessels are eligible to be documented under the U.S. Coast Guard
Certificate of Documentation if they are wholly owned by a citizen or citizens of the
United States and measure at least five net tons. Net tonnage is a measure of a vessel's
volume. Most vessels more than 25 feet in length will measure five net tons or more.
A documented vessel is not exempt from:
A documented vessel may also be required to pay a registration fee and display a
validation sticker from the state of principal use. Boaters should check with their state
To be in compliance with federal documentation requirements, a Certificate of
Documentation must be:
A documented recreational vessel hull display must:
The marking requirements for a documented recreational vessel state "together in one
place on the hull." Many recreational vessels will place the vessel name and hailing
port on the stern, and vessel name on both sides of the bow, which is required for a
commercial vessel. Although not required for a recreational vessel, this is an acceptable
In addition, the vessel must have the official number permanently affixed in block-type
Arabic numerals of not less than 3 inches in height, preceded by the letters "NO." on
some clearly visible interior integral structural part of the vessel.
Arabic numerals are the most common symbolic representation of numbers in the
world. Permanently affixed means that the numbers must be affixed to the vessel so that
alteration, removal, or replacement would be obvious. Numbers can be painted, carved,
For more information on documented vessels, contact the U.S. Coast Guard National Vessel
Documentation Center at (800) 799-8362 or online at www.uscg.mil/hq/cg5/nvdc.
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