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Old 01-13-2022, 01:30 PM   #1
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Documentation Renewal

I notice the fees for Documentation renewal have gone way up, has anyone done the long term renewal yet? I saw they now want $64 a year, plus that again for every year of avoiding annual renewal... ouch!

I want avoid renewal of anything I can while traveling into foreign waters and away from my mail and printer attached to my home computer.
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I notice the fees for Documentation renewal have gone way up, has anyone done the long term renewal yet? I saw they now want $64 a year, plus that again for every year of avoiding annual renewal... ouch!

I want avoid renewal of anything I can while traveling into foreign waters and away from my mail and printer attached to my home computer.
If I'm not mistaken, with the five-year renewal you're essentially paying for four and getting one free...

EDIT - Nope, I was wrong, no free year... New rates are $130 for five years, $26 for one.

https://www.dco.uscg.mil/Portals/9/D...JAN%202022.pdf
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I think you might be using one of those services maybe? I just did my renewal on Dec. 30th directly at the USCG website and it was $24/year and just received the new paperwork in the mail yesterday.
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I just looked at the fee schedule. $26/yr, $130/5 years.

It looks like starting this year it’s an automatic five years and no longer annual. NVDC fee schedule.
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Oooh, the web site was the first one that came up on a vessel documentation search, you are correct it isn't the official site
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Oooh, the web site was the first one that came up on a vessel documentation search, you are correct it isn't the official site
Which doc company were you looking at? Most charge $75 to renew.

Only use the real CG a doc office website…$26/year to renew
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Old 01-16-2022, 01:50 PM   #7
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Yea, I knew about the dummy "official" letters attempting to gouge for renewal, I have been dodging them for years now. I was surprised when I went looking for the multi year renewal they were the first to come up in my search, and their web page fooled me into thinking it was the USCG site.
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Yea, I knew about the dummy "official" letters attempting to gouge for renewal, I have been dodging them for years now. I was surprised when I went looking for the multi year renewal they were the first to come up in my search, and their web page fooled me into thinking it was the USCG site.
Yep, unless the website is .mil you are on a scammer website.
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I just looked at the fee schedule. $26/yr, $130/5 years.

It looks like starting this year it’s an automatic five years and no longer annual. NVDC fee schedule.
Not true. Just looked at their website and they offer 1-5 year renewal.
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Not according to the January 1, 2022 fee schedule which differs from the previous fee schedule. But maybe it’s different elsewhere?
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This is from the very top page of the Coast Guard Website. Update
12/22/21 - less than one month ago.


12/22/2021 UPDATE: Due to production delays, deployment of the eStorefront application will be postponed until mid-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 (www.uscg.mil/nvdc), 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 pay.gov directly to order one year CODs, A/Ts and CCODs.

Visit NVDC’s FAQ page for additional information.
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I see, it was elsewhere. I went directly to the fee schedule which does not have other than five years.
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Oooh, the web site was the first one that came up on a vessel documentation search, you are correct it isn't the official site

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I think there's a disconnect between what the system was supposed to offer by 2022, and what they can actually handle. I did quite a bit of digging, including Federal Register references and the congressional budget authorization bill for the CG. Five years was the intention or directive by 2022, but it looks to me like they're still not configured for it.

I renew in March, I'll be interested to see what I can actually do by then and what the website offers.
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I guess the 5 year only is coming. No one knows exactly when, but it was supposed to be here by now. I hope the CG has a change of heart and continues the 1-5 year renewal.
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OK guys, here it is, straight from the horses mouth. We do get 1-5 year renewal.
This is the response I got from NVDC.

There was a law scheduled to go into effect January 1, 2022 whereas Recreational CODs would be issued ONLY for a validity period of 5 years. However, on December 27, 2021, the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2022 was passed which allows the owner or operator of a recreational vessel to choose a period of effectiveness of between 1 and 5 years for an initial or renewal COD.

The fee schedule on the NVDC website says 5 year only, but that will be corrected soon.
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Thanks. That clears up their confusion.
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That is helpful, thank you.
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I notice the fees for Documentation renewal have gone way up, has anyone done the long term renewal yet? I saw they now want $64 a year, plus that again for every year of avoiding annual renewal... ouch!

I want avoid renewal of anything I can while traveling into foreign waters and away from my mail and printer attached to my home computer.
You on a paid site not a govt coastguard site dont get conned by the private companys
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Yep, I know, they didn't get any money from me though. I renewed for 5 years yesterday for $130, oddly there is no place on the form for the term of your renewal other than one year, you need to write it on the check or money order. Also requires an additional form if you use a credit card or bank transfer to pay. Trusting them to work it out when they see the check...
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