Federally Documented Vessels
Vessels are documented by the Federal Government (United States Coast Guard). Vessels are not titled and numbered by individual states. All vessels, five net tons or more, meeting the criteria of a commercial vessel as defined by the United States Coast Guard must be federally documented.
Use the following contact information for the United States Coast Guard Documentation Center:
United States Coast Guard
National Vessel Documentation Center
792 T. J. Jackson Drive
Falling Waters, West Virginia 25419
Phone: (800) 799 – 8362
Vessel registration fees are determined by several factors (hull length, registration period, etc).