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An Application for Documentation form (CG 1258) is designed for any type of action that affects a vessel's enrollment. This includes the initial issuance, exchange, or replacement of a Certificate of Documentation. Replacement certificates may be necessitated by a change of ownership, change of vessel name or hailing port, lost or damaged certificate, change in trade endorsements, and any other changes to the vessel's status.

Additional Forms

There are a number of ancillary forms, as shown in the above WikiTags, that may need accompany to the application. The additional vessel form allows for multiple vessels under a single application, provided the ownership and other factors remain the same. The other forms are for gathering information in the event of multiple owners, members, partners, and trustees.


The cover sheet for the application contains instructions for completing the forms. Answers as to the meaning of certain terms can be found throughout BoatWiki. In order to attain documentation, the application may also require supporting instruments such those proving ownership, evidence of build, and measurement attestations.


The documentation process can range from very simple to extremely complex depending on the circumstances. Although limited in scope and timing, the documentation center will respond to inquiries. They will also issue deficiency letters explaining any shortcomings in the application. If corrections are not made within a limited time period, however, the application will be terminated along with a forfeiture of the respective fees.


Doing it yourself is definitely an option when it comes to documentation. In doing so, however, you will need to do some research and homework. In the end, a documentation professional may be the best solution. That is provided you are willing to pay those additional charges. Be sure in such event to check out the credentials of your chosen agent.

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