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In the Federal Register—Calling All Commenters

Federal Register Notice: State (Vessel) Registration Data – Deadline Nov. 26, 2018

Oct. 26, 2018, the U.S. Coast Guard published a 30-day Federal Register Notice seeking final public comment on its upcoming request to OMB for approval of the annual collection of vessel registration information from the states and authorization of a revised Form CGHQ-3923 State Registration Data. This marks the culmination of a multi-year process to bring the collection and form into alignment with changes in CFR vessel type terms resulting from the 2012 issuance of the Final Rule on Changes to SNS, VIS and BARD. Delays in the formal approval process had led to multiple forms with varying levels of detail in use by states to submit the registration data to the Coast Guard.

However, since the 60-day Federal Register Notice on the collection was published, lengthy discussions between the Coast Guard and NASBLA’s Vessel Identification, Registration and Titling Committee (VIRT) resulted in further revisions to Form CGHQ-3923, and to drafts of instructions that will eventually be released to ensure consistency in recording the information. The updated form is available under docket USCG-2014-0713 at regulations.gov as part of the supplemental documents. The form also is available for download from NASBLA’s Federal Register page

See Advocacy - Policy - Federal Register for information about other recently-closed notices and final rules that impact recreational boating and RBS programs.

Meeting News

The 100th meeting of the National Boating Safety Advisory Council (NBSAC) convened October 18th and ran through the 20th in Cape May, NJ. The 101st meeting is scheduled for April 9-11, 2019, location TBD. See Homeport for some of the October meeting materials and other general information about NBSAC.

But up next.
The 2019 Spring BLA Workshop will be held Feb. 28-March 1, at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Lexington, KY. On March 2,  NASBLA's policy committees will convene for their spring in-person sessions, also in Lexington.


In May 2018, the U.S. Coast Guard released its annual Recreational Boating Statistics publication. The 2017 report shows boating fatalities down 6.1 percent from 2016, but the 658 deaths represent the second highest number of fatalities on record in the last five years. Check out the Lighthouse’s Get Equipped portal for links to this and previous year’s statistics.


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