Jun 19 2017

Beware Deceptive Solicitation for USCG Doc Renewal

Published by at 8:28 pm under Liveaboard Topics

Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) Consumer Protection Department is advising boaters with vessels having a US Coast Guard Certificate of Documentation to be wary of any letter arriving by US mail offering renewal. An increasing number of BoatUS members have complained that these letters direct them to websites that may be mistaken for the actual US Coast Guard Vessel Documentation Center located in Falling Waters, West Virginia, and appear to show a significant increase in the annual fee to renew US Coast Guard (USCG) documentation.

read more here…BoatUS

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  1. Kristen Sierraon 20 Jun 2017 at 4:49 pm

    Thank you for your post. I got a letter from these guys yesterday. I called the USCG-Dept of HS National Vessel Documentation this morning. 1-800-799-8362 toll free number.
    I was told that U.S. Vessel Documentation is a third party company.
    The USCG does send out letters of renewal 30 days before your renewal date. I was asked what my document number was, I was told my renewal would be $26.00 vs. $75.00 dollars charged by the 3rd party guys. I asked if this group is a scam. I was told the USCG is not allowed to say that, but he did tell me that I can report the company to the Federal Trade Commission.

    I was also told that if you do use this ‘service’ the renewal will eventually get to the USCG Vessel Documentation Renewal office.

    Ned and I will wait for the Renewal Notice from the USCG and save the 50.00 $ US for something else. 🙂

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