Vessel Certificates of Documentation
Five-Year Renewals Now Available for Recreational Vessel Certificates of Documentation
On December 4, 2018, the Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2018 was signed into law. It deals with long-standing issues such as the regulation of discharges incidental to normal vessel operation (e.g., grey water and ballast water discharges) and clarifies the process for qualifying a vessel as U.S. built.
One of its provisions enables those who hold recreational vessel Certificates of Documentation (CODs) to select a multi-year renewal (one to five years) between January 1, 2019 and December 31, 2021.
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