Vessel documentation is a national form of registration for vessels with a net weight of five tons or more. Vessels are documented by the Federal Government (U.S. Coast Guard) and not by individual states. These vessels are not titled in Florida.
A documented vessel must be registered in Florida, if used on Florida waters for longer than 90 days. The registration number will be the official federal documentation number and a decal will also be issued. The decal must be affixed to a window or the windshield on the port side of the vessel. The registration will be issued in the name shown on the federal documentation papers. Commercial vessels registered to a non-resident of Florida pay an additional fee of $50.00.
For federal documentation papers completed in the applicant's name, bring the following to register the vessel in Florida:
For federal documentation papers pending, vessel previously registered in Florida, and documentation number already assigned, bring the following to re-register the vessel in Florida:
For federal documentation papers pending, vessel not registered in Florida, and documentation number not assigned, bring the following to register the vessel in Florida:
The Certificate of Documentation and Florida registration must be on board the vessel at all times. Registration fees are based on the length of the vessel. For additional information on documented vessels, contact:
United States Coast Guard
USCG/National Vessel Documentation Center
792 T J Jackson Drive
Falling Waters, WV 25419