Merchant Mariner Credential Application Information and Help

The cost of applying for a USCG issued Merchant Mariner Credential (MMC) is
about $500 to $600. This includes the USCG application and issuance fees,
the TWIC enrollment fee, the average cost of the physical exam and drug
screening, and the cost of the required First Aid/CPR Training. This does not
include the cost of any training courses, travel, and lodging.

While it is not a requirement, it is highly recommended that you submit your
application to the USCG and get your approval
PRIOR to taking the course.

The steps provided here outline the Merchant Mariner Credential application
process and start with the least expensive step first.
  • When completing these forms read and follow the instructions on the
    form carefully.
  • These forms have an expired expiration date, but are considered still
    valid by the USCG.

Application Step 1 - Document your Sea Service
    All OUPV and Master applications require at least 360-days of qualifying
    sea service experience, that includes 90-days of recent experience
    within the past 3-years. Use form CG 719S to document your experience.

Application Step 2 - Enroll in the TWIC Program
    All original applications for an OUPV or Master require the applicant to
    enroll in the TWIC program through a Universal Enrollment System
    (UES). Locate a UES near you >>

Application Step 3 - Physical Exam and Drug Screening
    All OUPV and Master applications must include a Merchant Mariner
    Physical Exam completed on form CG 719K, and a USCG/DOT Drug
    Screening completed on form CG 719P.
  • When applying for an OS only use form 719KE instead of 719K.

Application Step 4 - First Aid/CPR Training
    The original issuance of an OUPV or Master requires completion of
    American Red Cross or American Heart Association First Aid/CPR
    Training within one year of the application date.

Application Step 5 - Application Form
    All applications require completion of form CG 719B. Under Section II
    when applying for an OUPV or Master license check "LICENSE"; when
    applying for an OS or AB check "DOCUMENT".

Application Step 6 - Oath and Application Fees
    All applications must be delivered to a USCG Regional Exam Center
    (REC). When delivering the application in person the Merchant Mariner
    Oath and application fees can be taken care over the counter at the
    REC. As an alternative to delivery in person the application package
    may be faxed, mailed, or emailed to any REC; in this case the Oath must
    be administered by any Notary using the MMC Oath Form and the fees
    must be paid online at the GovPay Website.

Instructions for E-mailing Applications to an REC:
  1. Select an REC, and completely fill out all necessary application forms; a
    include a copy of your TWIC or TWIC application receipt, and a copy of
    your user fee receipt.
  2. Completed applications must be scanned at a resolution not exceeding
    300 dpi, saved in PDF format, and not exceeding 8 megabytes (MB) in
    size. If e-mail size (including attachments) exceeds 8 MB, send
    documents in multiple e-mails.
  3. Look for the E-mail Application button at the bottom of the REC’s
  4. The subject line of your e-mail must be: (Last name, first name, middle
    name, mariner reference #). Example: (Mariner, Johnny, L, #####).
    Note: New applicants will not have reference numbers.
  5. Ensure all attachments are included, then send. Please use the
    minimum number of e-mails to send your application and attachments.

Portland REC contact information:

Columbia Pacific Maritime
Portland, Oregon

(503) 841-6066
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