Vessel Documentation

12/21/2018: UPDATE – Recreational vessels and multi-year COD renewals

Editor’s note: This post is a clarification to the blog posted on Dec. 17, 2018.

The Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2018, signed into law Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2018 includes a provision that provides recreational vessel Certificate of Documentation (COD) holders the ability to select a multi-year renewal (1-5 years) during an implementation period designated as Jan. 1, 2019-Dec. 31, 2021, after which a five-year COD (for recreational vessels only) will become automatic.

Recreational vessel owners who wish to renew for more than one year may do so by including additional fees in the amount of $26.00 per extra year requested, and annotating same on the CG-7042 Credit Card Form, or in the Memo line of checks.

Recreational vessel owners who wish to continue to renew for a one year period are also encouraged to do so electronically, via

Commercial vessel owners are not eligible for multi-year documents and must continue to follow the current process for requesting/renewing one-year CODs. To avoid delays in renewing, owners are encouraged to do so electronically, via

Detailed information will be available prior to Jan. 1, 2019 on the Coast Guard National Vessel Documentation Center (NVDC) website under the INSTRUCTIONS AND FORMS tab.

For further assistance, please contact the NVDC at 1-800-799-8362 or 304-271-2400 between the hours of 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. Eastern Time (Standard or Daylight Savings, when applicable).

This blog is not a replacement or substitute for the formal posting of regulations and updates or existing processes for receiving formal feedback of the same. Links provided on this blog will direct the reader to official source documents, such as the Federal Register, Homeport and the Code of Federal Regulations. These documents remain the official source for regulatory information published by the Coast Guard.

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