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Posted - Dec 06 2018 :  08:50:45  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
"A bill that would require the Coast Guard to offer 5-year vessel documentation renewal is on its way to the President's desk and is extremely likely to become law Ė a great benefit for active cruisers (funding the Coast Guard is good for boaters, too). From a press release:"
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Edited by - abalmuth on Dec 06 2018 08:51:18

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Posted - Dec 06 2018 :  09:29:20  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
That would be great!

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RO# 1159

Posted - Dec 06 2018 :  15:28:16  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
That article was from 2016 relating to the 2015 proposal. Do you know if anything changed after that?


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RO# 7357

Posted - Dec 06 2018 :  17:11:54  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Iím Guessing it didnít pass

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RO# 9708

Posted - Dec 07 2018 :  07:00:41  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
The referenced article says that it had already passed Senate and House. Wikipedia says it was signed into law.


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RO# 10265

Posted - Dec 07 2018 :  16:22:59  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Just be aware if you a 5 year renewal from some company that looks real.
Not going to post their website but there is a a company that will mail you an official looking for to renew about 2 months before its due.
They will even have a very official sounding and looking website.
It is a SCAM!

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RO# 1159

Posted - Dec 08 2018 :  03:20:44  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Just looked at one of the non-official doc renewal service websites , which says it will renew your unexpired vessel certificate of documentation for $75 /yr from 1 to 5 yrs for up to $300.

Oddly , if that 5 yr bill was passed a while back, the official USCG vessel documentation center is still indicating renewal is just for 1 yr at $26, but that information and fee schedule is still dated 2014. One would think that woud be updated if changed to reflect new law, no?

My boat is just state registered only so I don't deal with documentation.
Has anyone here renewed for more than 1 yr at a time without going through one of the extra-fee non-official services?


Edited by - Sandy on Dec 08 2018 03:22:22

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RO# 7357

Posted - Dec 08 2018 :  07:40:01  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Pretty sure you can only renew for 1 year on the CG website. Beware of the scammers. I got burned a few years ago

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RO# 32823

Posted - Dec 10 2018 :  15:02:34  Show Profile  Reply with Quote

A Certificate of Documentation is valid for one year from the date of issue, providing there are NO CHANGES other than a change of owner's address. The Certificate must be renewed on an annual basis. Even though it is up to the owner to assure the document does not expire, the Coast Guard will send a Notice of Renewal to the managing owner approximately 45 days prior to expiration. See the instruction letter Renewal of Certificate of Documentation elsewhere at this site regarding renewal procedures.

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RO# 4846

Posted - Dec 10 2018 :  22:43:26  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
My renewal just came in, same as last year, one year at a time.

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RO# 7334

Posted - Dec 11 2018 :  08:04:27  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
i wouldn't be surprised if it passed and website wasn't updated. Christ u go to DMV and they will still give u a regular drivers lic that sorta useless in a year or two.
So nothing surprises me


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