Generally, operations that carry 6 or fewer passengers for hire are referred to as Uninspected Passenger Vessels (UPV), 6 Passenger (pax), or 6 Pack operations. These are your typical charter boat fishing guide or tour boat operations 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 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 you. 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 is a useful guide to UPV requirements and is used to conduct a "No Fault/No Penalty" dockside safety examinations for most uninspected vessels that carry passengers for hire, commonly called charter boats or “six packs”. The requirements vary for vessels based on tonnage.
Additional Requirements - UPV 100 GT and over, less then 300 GT*
*Versions prior to this 2015 revision included antiquated information and should be discarded.
Passengers for Hire
Is my operation considered passengers for hire? Refer to USCG guidance NVIC 7-94.|
LicensesLicensing - Charter boat or guide license information: USCG National Maritime Center.
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.