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U.S. Coast Guard Liaison Officer
Reminder for All Pleasure Boaters

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is advising boaters to make sure they follow the below guidelines while they are cruising on their boats.

We ask those private boaters operating in our area of responsibility to be safe and to properly report into CBP while enjoying the waterways in their private boats.

The “Notice of Violation” is a warning, not a penalty. It will serve as a record of formal notification to the master of the vessel who is responsible for fulfilling proper vessel reporting requirements to CBP. This formal notification provides individuals arriving by vessel the responsibility of reporting their arrival as well as all articles accompanying them to CBP.

The master of a vessel who fails to report arrival is liable for a civil penalty of $5,000 for the first violation and $10,000 for each subsequent violation, and any conveyance used in connection with any such violation is subject to seizure and forfeiture. Any individual who fails to report their arrival, as well as all articles accompanying them, is liable for a civil penalty of $5,000 for the first violation, and $10,000 for each subsequent violation.

Pursuant to 19 CFR 4.2, operators of small pleasure vessels, arriving in the United States from a foreign port or place to include any vessel which has visited a hovering vessel or received merchandise outside the territorial sea, are required to report their arrival to CBP immediately (see 19 U.S.C. 1433).

The master of the vessel reports their arrival at the nearest Customs facility or such other place as the Secretary may prescribe by regulations. These reports are tracked in the Pleasure Boat Reporting System. Pursuant to 8 CFR 235.1, an application to lawfully enter the United States must be made in person to a CBP officer at a U.S. port-of-entry when the port is open for inspection.

Program Eases Boaters’ Re-Entry to U.S.

MIAMI —- Some recreational U.S. boaters returning from foreign ports may not have to go through an in-person re-entry interview under a new program launched by U.S. Customs and Boarder Protection.

The Local Boater Option program, launched in October gives boaters in Tampa, Miami, Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands the choice to register in advance with the agency, eliminating in most cases a requirement to meet with officials after every foreign visit.

Boaters previously had to call the agency when returning to the United States and then had 24 hours to report in person for an interview.

Under the new process, boaters will be allowed to complete a one-time registration with their local customs office. After providing details about themselves and their vessels, they receive a personal registration number to use when calling after visiting a foreign port. In most cases, they will not have to show up for a face-to-face interview process.

Every person aboard an incoming boat must have a registration number in order to bypass the interview process, officials said

To enroll in the Local Boater Option, set up an appointment by calling 1-800-432-1216 or 1-800-451-0393.

Local Boater Option (LBO)

Local Boater Option (Miami, Tampa, and San Juan) is a voluntary effort that will allow eligible, frequent pleasure boat operators and passengers, who are U.S. Citizens or Lawful Permanent Residents (LPRs) of the United States, to register themselves and their vessel with CBP.

The Local Boater Option offers facilitated customs and immigration clearance for recreational, low-risk boaters at time of arrival. Enrollment to the LBO Program is voluntary and will allow CBP to expedite the arrival reporting process to boaters who have enrolled into the program.

This program will satisfy the boat operator’s legal requirement to report to a port-of-entry for face-to-face inspection in accordance with 8 CFR 235.1, but boaters must still phone in their arrival to satisfy 19 USC 1433.

What telephone number do I call upon arrival into Florida?

The Florida Small Vessel Call Center (SVCC) can be reached at 1-800-432-1216 or 1-800-451-0393

To make formal notification of arrival on a float plan filed in SVRS call 1-877-330-7327.

What Information Do I Have to Have When I Call?

Vessel masters must have the following information available:

  • Name, date of birth and citizenship of all persons on board (including passport number)
  • Name of the boat and/or boat registration number
  • CBP user-fee decal number (if 30 feet or longer)
  • Homeport and current location
  • Return contact number

Vessel masters who filed a float plan in SVRS only have to provide the float plan number.

For further information regarding Pleasure Boat Reporting Requirements, please visit the CBP website. (Pleasure Boat Reporting Requirements).

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation’s borders at and between the official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.

Copies of the US Coast Guard Float Plan can be printed from the following link:

Customs Facilities

Key West
Monday through Friday 8AM – 4PM
301 Simonton Street, Suite 20
1 Key West, Florida
(305) 296-5411

Port of Miami
7 days a week 6AM – 10PM
903 South America Way Terminal H
Miami, Florida
(305) 536-4758

Port Everglades
7 days a week 5AM – Midnight
1800 Eller Drive, Suite 110
Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
(954) 761-2000

West Palm Beach
Monday through Friday 8AM – 4PM
1 East 11th Street
Riviera Beach, Florida
(561) 848-6922

Ft. Pierce, St. Lucie County Intl. Airport
7 days a week 10AM – 6PM
2990 Curtis King Blvd
Ft. Pierce, Florida
(772) 461-1733

Port Canaveral
Monday through Friday 9AM – 4PM 120
George King Blvd
Cape Canaveral, FL 32920
(321) 783-2066, ext. 2

Fernandina Beach
Monday through Friday 8AM – 4PM
403 N. 3rd St
Fernandina Beach, FL 32034
(904) 261-6154

Ft. Myers SW Florida Intl. Airport
Monday through Friday 9AM – 4PM
11000 Terminal Access Rd
Ft. Myers, FL 33913
(239) 561-6205

Monday through Friday 8AM – 4PM
2831 Talleyrand Ave.
Jacksonville, FL 32206
(904) 360-5020

Monday through Friday 8:30AM – 5PM
400 Tampa Bay Way
Palmetto, FL 34221
(813) 634-1369

Monday through Friday 10AM – 4PM
One Air Terminal Parkway
Melbourne, FL 32901
(321) 674-5796

Panama City
Monday through Friday 9AM – 4PM (CST)
5209 W. Highway 98
Panama City, FL 32401
(850) 785-4688

Tuesday & Thursday 9AM – 2PM (CST)
600 University Office Blvd
Pensacola, FL 32504
(850) 476-0117

Monday through Friday 8:30AM – 5PM
6048 Airport Circle
Sarasota, FL 34243
(941) 359-5040

St. Augustine
Thursday through Monday 12PM – 7PM
394 Estrella Road
St. Augustine, FL 32095
(904) 209-0099

St. Petersburg
Monday through Friday 8:30AM – 5PM
14700 Terminal Blvd. Suite 120
Clearwater, FL 33762
(727) 536-7311

Monday through Friday 8:30AM – 5PM
1624 E. 7th Ave, Ste 101
Tampa, Florida 33605
(813) 712-6000