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Old 08-06-2007, 07:55   #1
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Local Boater Option/ US Customs

Customs 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!
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Old 08-06-2007, 08:03   #2
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Yes, that's the way it works. I think you get a pin number with the card. When we cleared back in this year at Port Canaveral they were registering everyone (US citizens that is). Next season they just have to call in. No reporting to the nearest Homeland Security within 24 hours. Canadians still have to jump through all the hoops.
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Does not seem to be a option in California. Maybe someday.
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Old 08-06-2007, 09:46   #4
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Does not seem to be a option in California. Maybe someday.
I belive it is an option in Seattle
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Local Boater Option (Fla):
http://www.cbp.gov/xp/cgov/newsroom/news_releases/archives/2006_news_releases/112006/11082006.xml
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http://www.boatus.com/gov/customsborder.htm

Some recreational U.S. boaters returning from foreign ports may not have to go through an in-person re-entry interview under a new program launched by U.S. Customs and Boarder Protection.
The Local Boater Option program, launched in October gives boaters in Tampa, Miami, Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands the choice to register in advance with the agency, eliminating in most cases a requirement to meet with officials after every foreign visit.
Boaters previously had to call the agency when returning to the United States and then had 24 hours to report in person for an interview.
Under the new process, boaters will be allowed to complete a one-time registration with their local customs office. After providing details about themselves and their vessels, they receive a personal registration number to use when calling after visiting a foreign port. In most cases, they will not have to show up for a face-to-face interview process.
Every person aboard an incoming boat must have a registration number in order to bypass the interview process, officials said
To enroll in the Local Boater Option, set up an appointment by calling 1-800-432-1216 or 1-800-451-0393.
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