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An update to NVDC’s IT system on or about 23DEC2022 has resulted in significant functionality issues preventing NVDC from processing application requests. 

Customers are asked NOT to re-send applications, as duplicate submissions may further complicate the issues.  We apologize for any inconvenience to our customers and appreciate your patience while the Coast Guard’s C5I Service Center troubleshoots and corrects the issue(s).

Expanded Online Ordering

As part of the United States Coast Guard (USCG) National Vessel Documentation Center’s (NVDC) continuous process improvement effort, NVDC is testing an expanded online ordering system.  

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.

Recreational vessel owners who wish to apply for a multi-year (1-5) COD may do so by submitting CG-1280 CERTIFICATE OF DOCUMENTATION APPLICATION FOR RENEWAL and making payment ($26.00 per year requested, not to exceed $130.00 for a 5-YR COD) by:

  • Credit card, via CG-7042 Authorization for Credit Card Transactions. Annotate fees paid for in block marked ‘Other’; OR
  • Check or Money Order made payable to the U.S. Coast Guard. Annotate Official Number and number of years selected in memo line.

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. 

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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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