Merchant Mariner Credential Application Help
The cost of applying for a license is about $500 to $600. This
includes the USCG application and issuance fees, the TWIC
enrollment fees, the average cost of the physical exam and drug
screening, and the cost of the American Red Cross or American
Heart Association First Aid/CPR Training. This does not include the
cost of any training courses, travel, or 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 to insure that your time and money are not wasted.
The steps provided here outline the application process and start
with the least expensive step first.
Step 1 Document your qualifying experience
Sea service experience can be counted from age 16 and
accumulates over your lifetime. It is never used up and never expires;
but you must be able to document it for it to count towards a license.
For a Captain's license at least 90 days of the qualifying experience
must have been with the last three years, the remainder can be from
anytime after age 16. Use the Sea Service Documentation Form
719S provided by the USCG to document your experience. Sea
service experience is counted in calendar days where:
Step 2 Enroll is the TWIC Program
All mariners holding or applying for any MMC Endorsement must
enroll in the TWIC (Transportation Workers Identification Credential)
program through the Universal Enrollment Services (UES). It is
through this program that the FBI receives the information used to
conduct the background check and terrorist threat assessment
required for all Merchant Mariner Credentials.
Portland UES Enrollment Center (effective 12/16/2013)
10643 NE Sandy Blvd Ste C
Portland, OR 97220-2584
Hours 8:00AM to 12:00AM and 1:00PM to 4:30PM
Step 3 Compile the application package
The Merchant Mariner Credential Application Package is a collection
of forms and documents. The forms provided by the USCG are a
series of "CG 719" forms.
All USCG applications require form CG 719B. The type of transaction
is indicated in Section II. The following is an explanation of the terms
used in this section.
Physical Exam and USCG / DOT Drug Screening
A physical exam and USCG/DOT Drug Screening is required for all
original issue, upgrades, and renewals. The following forms are
Original issue of an OUPV, Master or Mate license
In addition to the above documents, the following documents are
required for the original issue of a license as Master, Mate, or OUPV.
Step 4 Deliver the Application to a Regional Exam Center (REC)
The completed MMC application package must be deliver to one of
the 17 Regional Exam Centers (REC) around the nation. Do not send
it directly to the National Maritime Center (NMC). There are several
delivery options available.
If you are in Oregon, southern Washington, or Idaho the Portland
REC may be the most convenient. The contact information for
Portland REC is:
911 NE 11th Ave. Room 637
Portland, OR 97232
Phone: (503) 231-2296
Fax: (503) 231-6738
The email address for Portland REC is REC-POR-
Step 5 Exams or an Approved Course
It will take two to four weeks for the NMC to evaluate your application.
If during the application process they determine that more
information is required the NMC will contact you and give you 30
days to provide the additional information. Upon accepting your
application the NMC will provide you with a letter stating that you are
approved to test and have one-year to complete the exams. At this
point you may either take the exams at an REC or complete an
approved course in lieu of taking the exams.