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CBP Announces New Reporting Tool for the Florida Local Boater Option Program

Release Date: 
May 26, 2010

Miami - As part of comprehensive efforts by U.S. Customs and Border Protection to improve the security of our nation's borders while enhancing legitimate travel -- specifically for boaters who are enrolled in the Local Boater Option program and prospective participants -- CBP has implemented the Small Vessel Reporting System; eligible to all U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents.

SVRS is a web-based automated online reporting system created for LBO participants to expeditiously report their intended arrivals from foreign countries. In addition, the web-based system will facilitate the enrollment of new applicants for the LBO Program.

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 the LBO program is granted by CBP, the participant will receive an e-mail with their boater registration number and password for SVRS. Current LBO participants must apply on-line for a password to access the float plan functions of SVRS.

The program is designed to provide LBO participants an easy-to-use, web-based tool to record and update their intended international travel on a private vessel by filing a float plan.

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 U.S., the LBO participant will contact a fully automated phone system and enter their float plan number. The automated system will ask a series of customs-related questions 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 LBO members must report to their nearest CBP office for immigration processing within 24 hours of arrival.

Effective May 1, current LBO members can access and file float plans on the SVRS by visiting the CBP website, clicking on the tab labeled "Travel" and then clicking Small Vessel Reporting System under "Quicklinks." (Small Vessel Reporting System)

Current LBO participants will have to go to "Password Request (Existing Participants)" and follow the indicated instructions. Once completed, you will receive an e-mail with your password and instructions on how to file a float plan. After you receive your password, you are ready to add, update or activate float plans as you deem necessary. If you have any questions pertaining to the SVRS, please call the CBP small vessel line at (800) 432-1216.

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017