46 U.S. Code § 31302 - Availability of instruments, copies, and information

The Secretary shall—
make any instrument filed or recorded with the Secretary under this chapter available for public inspection;
on request, provide a copy, including a certified copy, of any instrument made available for public inspection under this chapter; and
on request, provide a certificate containing information included in an instrument filed or recorded under this chapter.

Historical and Revision Notes

Revised section

Source section (U.S. Code)


46:927 (1st sentence)


46:927 (2d sentence)



Section 31302(1) makes all instruments filed for recording or recorded with the Secretary of Transportation available for public inspection. The only substantive change to law made by this subsection is the inclusion of instruments filed for recording, which is in keeping with the new requirements on filing of instruments made in section 31321.

Section 31302(2) requires the Secretary to provide the public with a certified copy of the material made available to the public under subsection (a). This subsection makes no substantive change to law.

Section 31302(3) requires the Secretary, on request, to issue a certificate containing the information included in instruments on file, such as certificates of ownership.

Editorial Notes

2010—Pub. L. 111–281 struck out “of Transportation” after “Secretary” in introductory provisions.

Statutory Notes and Related Subsidiaries
Effective Date

Section effective Jan. 1, 1989, with certain exceptions and qualifications, see section 107 of Pub. L. 100–710, set out as a note under section 31301 of this title.

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