|Getting Started with the application process ...
|The Merchant Mariner Credential, or MMC, is issued by the US Coast
Guard and contains a mariners professional qualifications as
- OUPV, Master, and Mate are Officer endorsements.
- Able Seaman (AB) is a rating endorsement.
- Ordinary Seaman (OS) is an entry level rating endorsement.
The cost of applying for an MMC is about $500 to $600. This does not
include the cost of any training courses, travel, or lodging, but does
- 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.
The steps provided outline the Merchant Mariner Credential application
process. While it is not a requirement, it is highly recommended that
you submit your application to the USCG PRIOR to taking the course.
The National Maritime Center (NMC) is the last word in everything
about Merchant Mariner Credentials.
|1. Document your Sea Service Experience ...
|With only a few exceptions all MMC applications require qualifying sea
service experience. One of these exceptions is the OS rating.
|2. Enroll in the TWIC Program
|The original issue of any MMC endorsement requires the applicant to
enroll in the TWIC program. There NO exceptions!
|3. Physical Exam and Drug Screening ...
|With only a few exceptions all MMC endorsement applications require
a USCG physical exam and drug screening completed using the
correct USCG form.
|4. First Aid and CPR Training ...
|The original issuance of an OUPV, Mate, or Master endorsement
requires completion of American Red Cross (ARC) or American Heart
Association (AHA) First Aid/CPR Training course within one year of the
- This is NOT required for an AB or OS application.
|5. USCG MMC Application Form
|All USCG MMC applications require completion of form CG 719B.
Complete form CG 719C only if you answered yes to any Convictions
and Drug Use questions in Section III.
|6. Oath, Application Fees, and Delivery to a USCG REC
|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.
When mailing, e-mailing, or faxing the application package to an REC:
- The Merchant Mariner Oath must be administered by a notary.
- The application fees must be paid online at the Gov.Pay website.
- Go To the Gov.Pay Website >>
Email applications to: REC-POR-AppSubmission@uscg.mil
Portland REC contact information:
- Portland REC
- 911 NE 11th Ave. Room 637
- Portland, Oregon 97232
- Phone (503) 231-2296
- Fax (503) 231-6738