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Expanded Online Ordering

12/22/2021 UPDATE:  Due to production delays, deployment of the eStorefront application will be postponed until end of January, 2022.  The NVDC will continue to offer all products and services, including one to five year recreational Certificates of Documentation, through traditional modes during this timeframe.

As part of the United States Coast Guard (USCG) National Vessel Documentation Center’s (NVDC) continuous process improvement effort, NVDC is pleased to announce its rollout of an expanded online ordering system, beginning January 1, 2022.  

The new eStorefront, accessible through NVDC’s website ORDER PRODUCTS ONLINE (, will provide customers with an efficient means to electronically apply for products directly with the USCG NVDC.  Customers can securely apply for a multi-year (one, up to five year) Certificate of Documentation (COD) for recreational vessels, one-year CODs for vessels with commercial and/or registry endorsements, or request an Abstract of Title (A/T) and/or Certified Copy of COD (CCOD).  

Not all products and services offered by NVDC will be immediately available; additional enhancements are planned to rollout in phases over the next 12 months. During the transition period, customers can still visit directly to order one year CODs, A/Ts and CCODs.

Visit NVDC’s FAQ page for additional information. 

Customer Survey

Your opinion matters to us, and the National Vessel Documentation Center (NVDC) is committed to providing you with excellent customer service.  Your feedback will guide efforts to improve the Vessel Documentation Program. Please visit NVDC Customer Feedback to complete the survey. 

New Forms

Updated forms are now available under our INSTRUCTIONS AND FORMS link.  Customers should begin using these fillable forms when applying for vessel documentation services.  Legacy forms (with 07/31/2019 expiration date) will be accepted through 1/1/2022.


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Mission Statement

The National Vessel Documentation Center facilitates maritime commerce and the availability of financing while protecting economic privileges of United States citizens through the enforcement of regulations, and provides a register of vessels available in time of war or emergency to defend and protect the United States of America.



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