Generally, operations that carry 6 or fewer passengers for hire, using vessels less than 100 gross tons, are referred to as Uninspected Passenger Vessels (UPV), 6 Passenger (pax), or "6 pack" operations. Vessels 100 gross tons or over may carry up to 12 passengers and still be classified as a UPV. 6-pack UPVs are your typical charter boat fishing guides or tour boats that may use a state numbered boat. UPV operations traveling on navigable waters of the United States under U.S. Coast Guard jurisdiction are not required to be actively inspected by the Coast Guard. They must comply with minimal federal standards for safety, navigation, pollution prevention and the vessel operator must hold (minimally) an Operator Uninspected Passenger Vessel (OUPV) license issued by the Coast Guard.
The Coast Guard and Coast Guard
Auxiliary provide courtesy UPV examinations to assist vessel operators. These exams are
free of charge, comprehensive and confidential. Contact your local Coast Guard Sector
Office. Many times they can put you in touch with a Coast Guard Auxiliarist
in your own town.
Requirements - UPV
Examination Booklet Job Aid
The following guides are used to conduct a "No Fault/No Penalty" dockside safety examinations and can be helpful in determining your requirements.
+ UPV Under 100 GT -New - Revised requirements for AIS & electronic charts (3/2016)
+ Additional Requirements - UPV 100 GT and over, less then 300 GT*
*Editions prior to this 2015 revision included antiquated information and should be discarded.
Passengers for Hire
Is my operation considered passengers for hire? Refer to 46 USC 2101 or USCG NVIC 7-94.
Navigable Waters of the
Contact your closest Coast Guard Sector office or Marine Safety Unit, through the USCG Homeport Port Directory (pull down menu), for details.