U.S. Coast Guard Forms
These forms are used when documenting vessels nationally instead of state titling.
- Additional Vessels
- Additional Owners
- Additional Limited Liability Company (LLC) Member
- Additional Partnership
- Additional Joint Venture or Association
- Additional Trust Arrangement
United States Coast Guard Registration and Title FAQs – download documents and forms
Link to NVDC for United States Coast Guard: National Vessel Documentation Center
What is USCG vessel Documentation?
US Coast Guard Vessel Documentation is a national form of titling a boat.
What are the benefits of documenting your boat with the Coast Guard?
The benefits of documenting a boat include conclusive evidence of nationality for international boating purposes, unhindered commerce between states, allows access to certain restricted trades, and provides for preferred ships mortgages on documented boats.
What are the types of boats that can be documented?
Vessels over 5 net tons (typically 26ft in length or larger) can be documented with the US Coast Guard and get an USCG official number issued to them. If a boat is used in fishing activities on navigable waters of the US or used in Coastwise trade, the boat must be documented.
Are there different types of USCG Documentation?
Depending on what the vessel will be used for the endorsements can be different: The different types of endorsements include fishery, coastwise, registry, and recreational.
What are the requirements for US Coast Guard Documentation?
This was covered in another article here: Learn about Coast Guard Vessel Documentation
What forms do I need to document my boat with the Coast Guard?
In order to document your boat with the US Coast Guard, you will need the following forms:
- CG-1258 Application for Initial, Exchange or Replacement of Certificate of Documentation; Redocumentation: Completed by new owner(s); submit an original OR a copy of form CG1258.
- CG-1261 Builder’s Certification and First Transfer of Title (for initial documentation only): Must be completed by the builder of the vessel. If more than one builder, each builder must complete a form. Evidence of U.S. build is required for all vessels seeking a fishery or coastwise endorsement.
- CG-5397 Application for Simplified Measurement: Completed by owner, to establish tonnage calculations, when CG-1261 Builder’s Certification is not provided.
- CG-1340 Bill of Sale: This form may not be necessary if the Builder’s Certification and First Transfer of Title form is submitted and shows the applicant as “Party for Whom Built” in Block V, or as the transferee in the First Sale or Transfer in Block VII. Otherwise, submit one original OR one copy of the notarized bill of sale, signed by or on behalf of all persons transferring an interest in the vessel.
- Simplified Method. Ownership may be established from state title or state or foreign registration. A copy of the title or registration must be provided with the bill(s) of sale from the registered owner to applicant. If the foreign registry is similar to U.S. documentation, provide a copy of the registry and evidence of removal from foreign registry in addition to the bill of sale.
How much does it cost to document a vessel? USCG documentation fees:
The following fees apply when documenting a vessel with the US Coast Guard:
- Initial Application for Documentation Recreational/Commercial (1 year expiration): $133.00
- Bill of Sale: $8.00
- Mortgage: $4.00
- To add a Commercial Endorsement you will pay these added fees:
- Coastwise: $29.00
- Fishery: $12.00
- Registry: NO FEE
Table Explaining which states require registration and/or documentation
|State||Requires Non-powered Vessels be Registered||Requires Non-powered Vessels be Titled||Requires USCG Documented Vessels be Registered||Requires Vessels be Titled||Requires Outboard Motors be Reg/Titled||Requires Trailers be Reg/Titled|
|Alabama – AL||NO||NO||YES||NO||NO||NO|
|Alaska – AK||NO||NO||YES||YES > 24FT||NO||Reg Only|
|Arizona – AZ||NO||NO||NO||NO||NO||YES|
|Arkansas – AR||NO||NO||NO||YES -boats manf. on or after Jan 2020||NO||YES|
|California – CF||NO||NO||NO||YES||NO||YES|
|Colorado – CL||NO||NO||NO||NO||NO||YES|
|Connecticut – CT||NO||NO||YES||YES – 2017 and newer||NO||YES > 3000lbs|
|Delaware – DL||NO||NO||NO||NO||NO||YES|
|District of Columbia – DC||YES||YES||YES||YES||NO||YES|
|Florida – FL||NO||NO||YES||YES||NO||Yes > 2000lbs|
|Georgia – GA||NO||NO||YES||YES beginning July 2020||YES as part of the bh boat reg/title||Reg only|
|Hawaii – HA||NO||NO||NO||YES||NO||Reg only|
|Idaho – ID||NO||NO||NO||YES||NO||Yes > 2000lbs|
|illinois – IL||NO||NO||YES||YES (optional under 22ft)||NO||YES|
|Indiana – IN||NO||NO||YES||YES||NO||YES|
|Iowa – IA||YES if > 12ft||NO||YES||YES||NO||YES > 2000lbs|
|Kansas – KA||NO||NO||YES||NO||NO||YES > 2000lbs|
|Kentucky – KY||NO||NO||NO||YES||NO||YES|
|Louisiana – LA||NO||NO||YES||YES||YES||YES|
|Maine – ME||NO||NO||NO||NO||NO||YES > 3000lbs|
|Maryland – MD||NO||NO||YES||YES||NO||YES|
|Massachusetts – MS||NO||NO||NO||YES||NO||YES > 3000lbs|
|Michigan – MC||NO||NO||YES||YES||NO||YES > 2500lbs|
|Minnesota – MN||YES > 10ft||NO||NO||YES||NO||YES > 4000lbs|
|Mississippi – MI||NO||Optional||NO||Optional||Optional||YES > 5000lbs|
|Missouri – MO||NO||NO||YES||YES||YES||YES|
|Montana – MT||NO||NO||NO||YES||NO||YES|
|Nebraska – NB||NO||NO||NO||YES||NO||Reg only|
|Nevada – NV||NO||NO||YES||YES||NO||YES|
|New Hampshire – NH||NO||NO||YES||NO||NO||YES > 3000lbs|
|New Jersey – NJ||NO||NO||YES||YES||NO||YES > 2500lbs|
|New Mexico – NM||NO||NO||NO||YES||NO||YES|
|New York – NY||NO||NO||YES||YES||NO||YES > 1000lbs|
|North Carolina – NC||NO||NO||YES||YES||NO||YES|
|North Dakota – ND||NO||NO||YES||NO||NO||NO|
|Ohio, OH||YES||NO||YES||YES||YES > 9hp||YES > 4000lbs|
|Oklahoma – OK||NO||NO||YES||YES||YES > 10hp||NO|
|Oregon – OR||NO||NO||YES||YES||NO||YES > 1800lbs boat/trailer combined|
|Pennsylvania – PA||NO unless used in state parks bh||NO||YES||YES||NO||YES|
|Rhode Island – RI||YES > 12ft||YES > 14ft||YES||YES||Reg only||YES > 3000lbs|
|South Carolina – SC||NO||NO||NO||YES||YES > 4hp||No|
|South Dakota – SD||NO if < 18ft||NO||YES||YES||NO||YES|
|Tennessee – TN||NO||NO||YES||NO||NO||NO|
|Texas – TX||YES > 14ft||YES > 14ft||YES||YES||YES||YES > 4000lbs|
|Utah – UT||NO||NO||YES||YES||YES > 25hp||YES > 750lbs|
|Vermont – VT||NO||NO||NO||YES||NO||YES > 1500lbs|
|Virginia, VA||NO||NO||Optional||YES||YES > 25hp on reg/title app||YES|
|Washington – WA||NO||NO||YES||YES||NO||YES|
|West Virginia – WS||NO||NO||NO||YES||NO||YES|
|Wisconsin – WS||NO||NO||YES||YES||NO||YES > 3000lbs|
|Wyoming – WY||NO||NO||YES||YES||NO||YES|
*Non-powered refers to canoes, kayaks, paddleboards, bh.