Date: 12/08/2016 01:12 PM Eastern Standard Time
Version: 2.0.12 
OMB No. 1651-0137 Expiration 8-31-2018
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Welcome to SVRS - the Small Vessel Reporting System!

As part of Customs and Border Protection's (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 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.


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 participate; the master will be required to provide vessel information. The applicant's documentation will be reviewed and verified to establish immigration status and identity.

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

How to Apply

Applying for participation in SVRS is an easy 3 step process:

  • Complete an online application
  • Schedule your appointment for an interview by phone or online.  Click this link to see a list of interview locations (list will appear in a new window).
  • Participate in your interview and present your documents to the CBP Officer

Click this link to go directly to the SVRS application page or click the "Become a Participant" menu item above to read more before getting started!

Note for pleasure boaters currently enrolled in the LBO program: You are not required to re-apply for participation in SVRS. To gain access to the float plan and vessel registration features of SVRS you need to request SVRS access. Start with the "Become a Participant" menu item then follow the instructions for obtaining a password.

Note for travelers currently enrolled in one of CBP's Trusted Traveler programs: You are not required to schedule an in-person interview but you must complete the SVRS application.

For any other questions about SVRS registration, please e-mail us or contact your nearest SVRS office location.

Paperwork Reduction Act Statement: An agency may not conduct or sponsor an information collection and a person is not required to respond to this information unless it displays a current valid OMB control number and an expiration date. The control number for this collection is 1651-0137. The estimated average time to complete this application is 30 minutes. If you have any comments regarding the burden estimate you can write to U.S. Customs and Border Protection Office of Regulations and Rulings, 799 9th Street, NW., Washington DC 20229. Expiration Date: 8-31-2018.


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