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DHS/USCG RIN: 1625-AC92 Publication ID: Fall 2023 
Title: ●Digital Certificate of Number for State Numbered Vessels 

The Coast Guard is amending 33 CFR 174.25 to align with the NDAA 2023 by removing from the CFR the specific dimensions of a hard copy of a Certificate of Number (CON) and adding that a CON can be in a hard copy or a digital form. This revision will allow a CON to be carried in a digital format while maintaining the requirement that a hard copy shall be pocket-sized. The Coast Guard is also amending 33 CFR 173.21 to add an exception from the carriage of a CON on vessels powered by a 9.8 horsepower, or smaller, engine.  

Agency: Department of Homeland Security(DHS)  Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant 
RIN Status: First time published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Final Rule Stage 
Major: No  Unfunded Mandates: No 
CFR Citation: 33 CFR 174.25    33 CFR 173.21(a)   
Legal Authority: 46 U.S.C. 12301    46 U.S.C. 12304    Pub. L. 117-263   
Legal Deadline:  None
Action Date FR Cite
Direct Final Rule  06/00/2024 
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No  Government Levels Affected: Federal, State 
Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
RIN Information URL:  
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
Agency Contact:
Jeff Decker
Project Manager
Department of Homeland Security
U.S. Coast Guard
Boating Safety Division (CG-BSX-21), 2703 Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue SE, STOP 7501,
Washington, DC 20593-7501
Phone:202 372-1507