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Finally, they've gone and done it

Apparently, the USCG Documentation office has finally gone and done it: multi-year documentation.
This was on my redocumentation notice;
NOTE: If you opted for automatic yearly renewal of your documentation, your documentation will be renewed by Maritime Documentation Center per the number of years selected. Each certificate received will be valid for one year. You will receive one 1-Year long Certificate of Documentation each year depending on how many additional years you have selected to add.
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I don't understand what this means. Could you explain more please?
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Re: Finally, they've gone and done it

mine didnot have these words ... we still doing one single year at a time....


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Re: Finally, they've gone and done it

Maritime Documentation Center is not the official Coast Guard documentation center. I believe they are a private agency that renews your documentation for a service fee, but the letter can look like the official coast guard documentation center.
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Re: Finally, they've gone and done it

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Maritime Documentation Center is not the official Coast Guard documentation center. I believe they are a private agency that renews your documentation for a service fee, but the letter can look like the official coast guard documentation center.
I remember a thread about this "service"/scam. If they only are offering to submit your government paperwork for a fee it's a bit of a scam. But if I read Capta's post correctly, you can choose to do multiple years at one time. If so it could likely be worth paying their service fees if they will just automatically renew for you each year when it becomes due.

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Re: Finally, they've gone and done it

Total scam!!

The USCGs division is the National Vessel Documentation Center.

The Maritime Documentation Center is a private company. If you find it valuable for them to do this for you, that’s fine, but they will significantly upcharge you for the annual renewal service. As appears from your post, they touch the edges of fraudulently making one believe they are the USCG.


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Re: Finally, they've gone and done it

Yep, I think you are right. Went back and reread the letter and the email address is .us not .gov. My daughter takes care of these things and I think she got confused. Thanks for catching this.

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Re: Finally, they've gone and done it

Even had the maritime thing been legit it wouldn’t be very useful. I find it’s easy to do the renewal and pay the fee as you can do it online. It’s physically getting document that’s the pita.

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Even had the maritime thing been legit it wouldn’t be very useful. I find it’s easy to do the renewal and pay the fee as you can do it online. It’s physically getting document that’s the pita.
Doc used to make sense...to me.
The past admin changed it to yearly renewals.
I saw no benefit as my state regist goes for 3 years.
I dropped the Doc when i bought the boat.
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Re: Finally, they've gone and done it

Renewing online is pretty easy, so I don't personally see any value in this service.

I also consider the need for an annual renewal and a fee to be bloated government nonsense. Once every five years would be more than sufficient.


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