United States Statutes at Large/Volume 2/12th Congress/2nd Session/Chapter 50
Act of Dec. 31, 1792, ch. 1, sec. 9.
New certificates of registry to be provided.Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That it shall be the duty of the Secretary of the Treasury to cause to be provided blank certificates of registry, and such other papers as may be necessary, executed in such manner, and with such marks as he may direct; and from and after the thirty-first day of December, one thousand eight hundred and fourteen, no certificate of registry shall be issued, except such as shall have been provided and marked as aforesaid; and the ships or vessels of the United States, which shall have been duly registered as such, shall be entitled to new certificates of registry (gratis) in exchange for their old certificates of registry. Old certificates of registry to be exchanged for new certificates. And it shall be the duty of the respective collectors, on departure of any such ship or vessel, after the said thirty-first day of December, one thousand eight hundred and fourteen, from any district to which such ship or vessel shall belong, to issue a new certificate accordingly, and to retain and deface the former certificate.
Specific appropriation.Sec. 2. And be it further enacted, That a sum not exceeding ten thousand dollars be, and the same is hereby appropriated, out of any money in the treasury not otherwise appropriated, to carry this act into effect.
Approved, March 3, 1813.