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Small Vessel Reporting System (SVRS)

As part of the Customs and Border Protection (CBP) comprehensive effort to improve the security of our nation’s borders while enhancing legitimate travel specifically for small boaters, CBP has implemented the Small Vessel Reporting System (SVRS). This page contains an overview of the system, how it works, and who can enroll.


SVRS enables boaters to report quickly and easily to CBP their arrival from foreign waters.

It is a free, easy-to-use, voluntary program that you enroll for online.


SVRS is available to all U.S. citizens, nationals and lawful permanent residents; Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada who are nationals of a Visa Waiver Program country.

Current Local Boater Option participants, Trusted Traveler Program members and current holders of an I-68 (Canadian Border Boat Landing Permit) must apply for enrollment in SVRS on-line in order to participate, but they do not need to schedule an interview with a CBP officer to complete their application.

How to Enroll

The enrollment system is Web-based. New applicants register online and self-schedule an interview with a CBP officer at an authorized reporting location of their choice.

Participants receive a welcoming email with their Boater Registration (BR) number and password for SVRS.


Current - May 2011
The system is currently deployed in Florida, Puerto Rico, United States Virgin Islands, and the United States/Canada border.

Future Locations
SVRS will be deployed next in the following locations. Check back at this page for updates.

  • West Coast: Oregon to California
  • East Coast: New York City to Georgia
  • Gulf of Mexico: Alabam to Texas.

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