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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 boaters who are enrolled in the Local Boater Option (LBO) program and prospective participants, CBP has implemented the Small Vessel Reporting System (SVRS); 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. SVRS is a web-based automated on-line reporting system created for LBO participants to expeditiously report their intended arrivals from foreign. In addition, the web-based system will facilitate the enrollment of new applicants for SVRS. New applicants will be able to enroll and make an appointment for a face-to-face interview with a CBP Officer at an authorized reporting location of their choosing. Once participation in SVRS is granted by CBP, the participant will receive an email with their SVRS number and instructions for setting their initial password for SVRS. Current LBO participants must apply on-line for a password to access the float plan functions of SVRS.

Float plans consist of biographical information of all persons intending on traveling, vessel registration information and itinerary information. Once a float plan is entered and activated, SVRS will issue a float plan number. Upon return to the United States, the SVRS participant will contact an SVRS dedicated telephone line manned by a CBP Officer or an automated attendant. The CBP Officer or automated attendant will ask a series of questions reflecting those on a Customs Declaration (CBP Form 6059B) and provide the participant with their arrival number, or refer the participant to a predetermined inspection site for a CBP inspection. Persons traveling who are not SVRS members must report to their nearest CBP Office for immigration processing within 24 hours of arrival.

SVRS Eligibility:

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 are eligible to participate. Both masters and passengers will be allowed to register; the master will be required to provide vessel information. The registrant’s documentation will be reviewed and verified to establish the applicant’s immigration status and identity.

Click here to see a list of registration locations. List will appear in a new window.

For more information please see the SVRS Flyer and the sample acceptance form. You may also find this enrollment form convenient for gathering the information required to complete this application.

For any other questions about SVRS Registration, please contact a CBP representative.

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