has implemented a program that allows pleasure vessels to pre- register and clear in via a phone
. It is called the Local Boaters Option!
After an hour and calling 7 different offices this is what I finally found out.
Basically you go into one of the ports
of entry in Florida
and take your boat docs and passports, (mine and my wife's'), and pre-register. They put your information in the computer, and give you a registration
card. When you return, you then call and clear over the phone
. No face to face required, if you clear in at one of the participating ports
of entry, (Fl.,PR,and VI.).
I think I have this right, if I am wrong please correct me!