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.

Application Step 1 - Document your Sea Service
    Research the endorsement you need and the professional
    requirements for that endorsement. 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

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).

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. Complete
    form CG 719C if answering yes to any Convictions and Drug
    Use questions in Section III.

Application Step 6 - Oath and Application Fees
    All applications must be delivered to a USCG Regional Exam
    Center (REC) either in person; or by fax, mail or email. When
    delivering the application in person the Merchant Mariner Oath
    and application fees can be taken care over the counter at the
    REC. Otherwise the oath may be administered by a Notary.

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USCG CG 719 series forms.
    When using the US Coast
    Guard forms read the
    instructions on the form and
    follow them exactly as written.

CG 719B (application)
  • The general application form
    required for all credential

CG 719C (conviction)
  • If you answered "YES" to any
    questions in Section III (2)
    Convictions and Drug Use of
    form 719B complete this form.

CG 719K (physical)
  • The Merchant Mariner Physical
    exam must be completed by a
    medical doctor using this form.

CG 719KE (OS physical)
  • This replaces form 719K when
    applying for an OS rating only.

CG 719P (drug testing)
  • USCG/DOT Drug Screening
    form with the drug screening
    options that are available.

CG 719S (sea service)
  • The small vessel sea service
    form for documenting sea
    service experience on vessels
    less than 200 GRT.

Portland REC contact information:
    Portland REC
    911 NE 11th Ave. Room 637
    Portland, OR 97232
    Phone (503) 231-2296
    Fax (503) 231-6738
Email applications to:

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