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Although accepted by most state registration agencies, the Builder's Certification form (CG1261) is designed more specifically for vessel documentation purposes. Properly executed, it is recognized by the National Vessel Documentation Center for establishing build evidence and a first assignment of title. This certificate can only be issued once by the actual manufacturer upon completion of the build process when the vessel can operate for its intended usage. It is effectively a first certificate of title. If build evidence is required in lieu of a lost builder's certification, it can be accomplished in the form of a confirmation letter on behalf of the manufacturer.


All applicable sections of the form are self-explanatory and must be fully completed. The party for whom build must represent an individual or business entity. A fictitious business name will not be recognized. The documentation center will moreover question entity names with out designations as to the type organization. If there is no room for the address, it may be submitted as an attachment. The the form must be signed in the presence of a notary public. The first sale or transfer section will not apply if being documented or registered by the party for whom built.


If the builders certification is over two years old or an older version, it must be accompanied by evidence of subsequent titling or registration. Otherwise, a statement of explanation must be submitted and will become subject to review and approval. Just as a note of caution, the penalties for issuing a false, misleading, or fraudulent certification are quite severe. Although a builder should not issue a builder's certification in conjunction with a manufacturer's statement of origin (MSO) (for state usage) this does happen from time to time. In this case, the unused certificate should be returned to the builder in order to avoid the possibility of having two conflicting titles in circulation.

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