Boater Beware!
U.S. Coast Gaurd Documentation Renewal Scams on the Rise

Is it almost time for you to renew your U.S. Coast Gaurd Documentation? Look out for online and mail scams when going to renew. Website and letters via mail are targeting boaters offering to manage the renewal for a fee.
These third-party companies’ names or return addresses may appear similar to that of the official USCG Vessel Documentation Center. Although this may sound convenient and they are able to get you the renew, it can end up costing you hundreds of dollars vs. the standard fee of just $26.

How to renew your USCG Documentation:
Go to
Click on “instructions and forms”

Visit for more information and on how to file a consumer complaint on this issue.