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Forms & Documents for Submitting Claims

Listed below are NPFC's guidance documents and forms related to submitting claims for damages and uncompensated removal costs under the Oil Pollution Act (OPA) of 1990.

Form/Document Number Title/Long Name Users Description
Claimant's Guide
(450 KB PDF)
Compliance Guide
for Submitting Claims
Under the Oil Pollution Act of 1990
Individuals and small entities (businesses, non-profits, and governmental jurisdictions)
May also be useful to larger businesses and governments
Assists with submitting damage or removal cost claims to the NPFC. Includes Optional Claim Form
(100 KB PDF)
Optional OSLTF Claim Form Provides format for submitting damage or removal cost claims to the NPFC. Use of form isn't required, but all claims must contain the information listed on the form.
Sample Damage Claim
(400 KB PDF)

Includes Sample:

  • Submission Package for Boat Damage
  • Offer Letter Package
  • Shows sample documentation for a boat damaged by an oil spill.
    (400 KB PDF)
    Frequently Asked Questions from Oil Spill Response Organizations (OSROs) Oil Spill Response Organizations (OSROs)
    (but many discussions apply to all claimants)
    Designed to help OSROs better understand how to submit a claim for uncompensated removal costs. Provides suggestions to make the claim preparation process easier and the approval processes quicker.
    Claims and NRD Regulations


  • NPFC Claims Regulations
  • NOAA NRD Regulations 
  • Natural Resource Trustees Regulations that guide the submission of claims to the NPFC and the process of conducting a natural resource damage assessment.
    RP Claim Submission Guidelines
    (400 KB PDF)
    Responsible Party Claim Submission Guidelines Responsible Parties (RPs) Explains how to submit a claim for reimbursement of Oil Pollution Act of 1990 (OPA) removal costs and damages that asserts either an affirmative defense or an entitlement to a limit on liability.
    33 C.F.R § 136
    (120 KB PDF)
    Interim Claims Regulations
    Anyone interested in the claims process Coast Guard regulations on the Oil Spill Liability Trust Fund, claims procedures, designation of source and advertising for claims.

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    Last Modified 4/19/2016