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Old 04-03-2014, 07:49   #1
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USCG Documentation Renewal Fee?

What is the cost for a USCG Documented recreational sailboat?
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Old 04-03-2014, 08:08   #2
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Re: USCG Documentation Renewal Fee?

The annual renewal is free...
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Old 04-03-2014, 08:12   #3
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The annual renewal is free...
Am I dreaming?! It can't be free! Nothing the "government" does is free.

I sure hope you're right. There is nothing on their website about the cost nor any suggestion it's free. There is a $5 fee for late renewal but they, of course, don't make it clear who that applies to.
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Old 04-03-2014, 08:27   #4
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The initial fee to get your boat USCG documented can run around 200 bucks depending on a few factors. The renewal fee is free, unbelievable yes, but free! I made a call to verify..
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Old 04-03-2014, 08:31   #5
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We're already documented as of last year.

I too made calls to the uscg doc center....5 of them this morning and I all got was "nobody is available....leave a message".

They were closed yesterday because of some snow problems. Remember- "semper paratus". I had a good laugh on that one!

Free? I guess it's so.
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Re: USCG Documentation Renewal Fee?

It's free as long as you renew ontime. If you let it go past the expiration date I think the charge is $5.00.

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Edited to add: You will get a renewal notice in the mail about 1 month before the renewal date. Make sure your correct address is on the documentation.
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It's free as long as you renew ontime. If you let it go past the expiration date I think the charge is $5.00.

John
I knew there had to be a catch.

So you do have to renew every year....but...it's free.
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No catch. It's free. I see documentation as too important to ever let it expire.
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Old 04-03-2014, 09:29   #9
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I wish they would do the same thing with automobile registration.

Thanks, everyone for the help.
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Re: USCG Documentation Renewal Fee?

Yes its free to renew. But if you change name or hailing port there is a fee and it takes longer.
Who would have figured the Coast guard would be landlocked in West Virginia.
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Yes its free to renew. But if you change name or hailing port there is a fee and it takes longer.
Who would have figured the Coast guard would be landlocked in West Virginia.
...and it apparently takes forever for the paperwork to go thru. I sent in my forms (and check) to have my documented vessels' hailing port changed when I purchased my boat in December. I'm still waiting on the CG to send me my new papers.
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Old 04-03-2014, 13:48   #12
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I don't know where you are or where you intend to locate and/or use the boat, but do keep in mind that many states do still require it to be registered, even if documented.
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Re: USCG Documentation Renewal Fee?

Once you have your actual documentation certificate, and the center is taking 5-6 months, you will receive an annual notice to renew letter from the Documentation Center. Comes about 30 days before the renewal date. You sign it indicating you still own the boat, and within the month, the Documentation Center sends you the certificate.

Of course, if you are sailing this could pose a problem, so you need to make arrangements for mail forwarding if underway near the anniversary of the expiration of your documentation. The expiration date is on the lower left side of the document.

Some states do require state registration regardless of USCG documentation; other states make it option, and at least VA says one cannot be both documented and registered. Most lenders favor if not require documentation. Easier to keep track of liens.
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Currently renewal is free but there is a proposal to charge for it.
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Yes in VA. But they still want sales tax and county property tax.
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