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https://www.boatus.com/pressroom/release.asp?id=1280

..and Better Business Bureau
https://www.bbb.org/northwest/busine...and-complaints

..which by the way they are not accredited by the BBB and also given an “F” rating..

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I just received a letter from the;
Department of Homeland Security
U.S. Coast Guard
VESSEL RENEWAL NOTIFICATION
APPLICATION FOR RENEWAL

If you are not changing anything, and you know your official documentation number (hint; it is written somewhere on the inside of your hull. It is NOT your HIN.), you can now go to www.uscg.mil/nvdc -> Order Products Online -> Renew (or Late Renewal) and renew your Certificate of Documentation on-line!

Hopefully, this will help take more business away from the Maritime Documentation Center scumbags.
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It might be worth it. I've been trying to get a response from the NVDC for nearly a year. I hear nothing from them for several months, then "we couldn't read one entry on your PDF file, send it back in with this correction" I look at my copy of the PDF and it's fine, but I redo it, rescan it, send it back in. Then they go silent for another couple of months. The NVDC needs some housecleaning, or so it seems.
I agree. It was such a smooth process and they were pretty transparent on being a private firm. I understand the fee was increased but their site was very easy to use so I didn't mind. Saved me the headache
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I agree. It was such a smooth process and they were pretty transparent on being a private firm. I understand the fee was increased but their site was very easy to use so I didn't mind. Saved me the headache
?????? You think it's smoother or easier to use this rip off company than just fill out the USCG's website renewal?

I recall their document discloses they are a private company, but it's far from transparent in my opinion. You have to read everything carefully to know. Their logo, envelope and documents are designed to dupe the user into thinking they are dealing with the actual USCG. Evidence is in this thread.

I suspect what they are doing minimally passes legal muster, but it's far from ethical, which tells me all I need to know about them.
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Interesting that a new member with no info in his profile makes his fist and only post, quoting what may be the sole somewhat tepid statement out of 6 pages of invective about this outfit, and talks about the "headaches" of documentation (which the thread makes clear are essentially minimal). Is it their lawyer?
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It certainly struck me as lame social media management of some kind. Iím not sure they would hired a lawyer for that. Maybe a millennial sitting in a Starbucks. then again, a millennial may have been more deft.


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I agree. It was such a smooth process and they were pretty transparent on being a private firm. I understand the fee was increased but their site was very easy to use so I didn't mind. Saved me the headache
If you like paying 3x what the USCG charges, then that is your prerogative. However, the USCG NVDC charges $26/year, sends a USPS mail reminder, and allows you to renew through their website. The renewal process has become much easier since I started this thread. If you can't follow the very simple registration renewal instructions that the NVDC sends you (in essence; enter your DOC number, confirm that the info in the database is current and correct, and then submit payment) then you should have trouble with the $75 Maritime Documentation Scam too.

Some people have trouble transferring or initiating their documentation. There are documentation agents that offer their services for a $200-500 fee to help these people through the process. I transferred the documentation for my vessel myself and saved the fee. I can read and write in English, however.


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Interesting that a new member with no info in his profile makes his fist and only post, quoting what may be the sole somewhat tepid statement out of 6 pages of invective about this outfit, and talks about the "headaches" of documentation (which the thread makes clear are essentially minimal). Is it their lawyer?
Looks like a shill to me.

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Old thread, but people need reminders from time to time. Also, from what I understand, the real CG doc office now offers, up to, 5 year renewals. Something a lot of people have been wanting.
Just remember folks, the real CG only charges $26 per year to renew documentation.

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I just received my official USCG NVDC renewal notice and renewed online for $26.00. I did not see a 5 year renewal option. I'm not sure I would have done it anyway. There is a disclaimer that all fees are non-refundable, even if the vessel does not qualify for a renewed Certificate. I imagined, if one were to sell their vessel, they would lose the remaining period.

The website had a big red warning that they just reopened on Jan 29 and provide a link to their "process". No doubt that means they are backed up. I have a serious bias against government operations that have absolutely no economic motivation to deliver service. In every real business, stuff happens, fair or unfair, and you just have to deal with it and catch up asap. These are the good guys, of course.


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