Circular 7/13: Updated California Certificates of Financial Responsibility (COFR) Requirements


  • The deadline for submission of owners’ Certificates of Entry under Californian Code of Regulations relating to COFRs is extended to ten calendar days prior to entering local waters.
  • This circular supersedes “Circular 18/11:US Pollution California – Changes in Certificates of Financial Responsibility [COFRs] Requirements” issued in January 2012.



Dear Sirs


Members are requested to note the relevant provisions in the California Code of Regulations (CCR) on evidence of financial security and renewal procedures for California certificates of financial responsibility (COFRs) published by the Californian Office of Spill Prevention and Response (OSPR) are currently effective.

Before operating in California marine waters, tank and non-tank vessels are required to submit their certificate of entry (CoE) at least ten (10) calendar days prior to operating or entering these waters, in order to apply for a Californian COFR. This requirement supersedes the previous requirement to submit the CoE at least three (3) working days prior to entering Californian waters.

Members are also advised that the thirty (30) timeframe required for self-certifying renewal with the P&I Club and the timeframe for providing the renewal documentation, i.e. the CoE – is replaced with a timeframe of forty-five (45) calendar days following expiration of the P&I Club coverage to submit all necessary documentation including the CoE.

Members should contact the Manager/Association should they have any queries regarding any of the above.

This circular supersedes “Circular 18/11:US Pollution California – Changes in Certificates of Financial Responsibility [COFRs] Requirements” issued in January 2012.

All clubs in the International Group of P&I Clubs have issued similar circulars.

Yours faithfully



  • Members requiring further information should contact their usual underwriting contact.

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