Privacy Policy for NPFC's COFR Site

Cookies/Information Automatically Collected from All Visitors
Email Privacy Policy
COFR Information Collection/Dissemination
Online E-COFR Applications and Payment Information
Links to Other Sites

Cookies/Information Automatically Collected from All Visitors

The NPFC automatically tracks the number of visitors to our COFR Web site--but collects nothing that can identify visitors personally. We use no page tracking, advertising, pop-up ads, or any other method to identify users with patterns of use. The E-COFR application, including Online Enrollment, uses cookies only to preserve session state. These session cookies are destroyed when the user closes the browser. No personal or tracking information is saved in the cookie values. We do not use persistent cookies. We collect no personal information about you when you visit our Web site unless you choose to provide this information to us. If you disable cookies, you will not be able to use the full functionality of the COFR Web site.

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Email Privacy Policy

If you send us email, you may choose to provide us with personal information within your comment or question. We use this information to improve our service to you or to respond to your request. Sometimes we may forward your email to other government employees, who may be better able to help you. Except for authorized law enforcement investigations, we do not share our email with other outside organizations. If you choose to send personal or sensitive information by email or request that we email you similar information, we cannot guarantee its confidentiality as it travels across the Internet. While not likely, others could eavesdrop. (As explained below, the E-COFR system has several safeguards to secure your information, but they do not apply to email.)

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COFR Information Collection/Dissemination

The remaining information collected by this Web site is used by the NPFC to issue Certificates of Financial Responsibility (COFRs) and to confirm the COFR status of vessels seeking use of U.S. navigable waters in accordance with 33 CFR 138. Certain information is required in order to apply and pay for COFRs, as defined below. You may submit required information online via the E-COFR application on this site. Alternatively, if you prefer not to submit information online, you may print out and complete a hardcopy version of Form CG-5585, Application for Vessel Certification of Financial Responsibility (Water Pollution), or its equivalent and mail it to the NPFC. Submission of a COFR application, whether done electronically or on paper, conveys your consent for Government use of the submitted data, including posting of select information on its Vessel COFR Search database. Failure to submit required information via one of these means will prevent the issuance of the COFR(s). In accordance with regulatory requirements, the NPFC maintains an internal log of COFR transactions for seven (7) years.

Public Access to COFR Data. Under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), the public can request certain information on COFR vessels. The NPFC provides the Vessel COFR Search function, available on its COFR Web site, to allow anyone read-only access to look up the following information on active COFRs: Additional Dissemination of COFR Information. In addition, the NPFC may share this information and possibly additional data required in the COFR submission:

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Online E-COFR Applications and Payment Information

NPFC provides COFR applicants the option of applying and paying for COFRs online using the E-COFR and Online Enrollment functions on its COFR Web site. Because these services require the collection and transmittal of sensitive financial and other information, the NPFC has instituted a number of controls to safeguard your data.

E-COFR Data Collected. Use of the online application and payment system requires that you submit the following information electronically: Credit Card Information. To pay the COFR fee, you are automatically transferred to the secure Pay.Gov site, operated by the U.S. Department of the Treasury, to enter your:

Pay.Gov retains this information only for the duration of the payment session. Once the payment transaction is posted to the banking system, this data is deleted. Pay.Gov does not maintain a database of credit card numbers or information, and the NPFC server never receives or stores these payment details.

Protection of E-COFR Information. E-COFR users are required to register with the NPFC to use the e-commerce functions of the site (i.e., E-COFR and Online Enrollment). The system authenticates users by requiring a unique combination of a user’s log-on ID (i.e., email address) and enrollment number before the system can be accessed. The only user information stored on the E-COFR site is the email address of the user; not even enrollment numbers are stored within the system’s database. Only enrolled users with valid log-on IDs and enrollment numbers can access the E-COFR functions. In addition, to prevent access to other users’ financial information, authorized users can only access records for a pre-populated list of operators/vessels/certificates assigned specifically to them. All information, including credit card information, you enter while within the E-COFR and Online Enrollment functions is encrypted to ensure that no one can intercept or alter your information.

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Links to Other Sites

The COFR Web site links to the NPFC home page and the U.S. Department of Treasury’s Pay.Gov site. When you link to another site, you are no longer on the COFR site and are subject to the privacy policy of that site.

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