Application Help

USCG Captains License Application HelpUSCG application help

The Explorers Guide Maritime Academy can help you with your USCG license application. Our experienced, helpful staff can assist you through the process. Below you will find all of the forms you need to begin the USCG Captains license Application process.


To start the USCG Captain License Application process, first selected the correct checklist below. NOTE: These are used by the National Maritime Center to check your license application. So these are added items for their use.

• Checklist for all NMC licenses STCW and National

NMC National Master Less than 100 Ton Near Coastal

NMC National Master Less than 100 Ton Inland Great Lakes

NMC National OUPV Less than 100 Ton 

License Renewal Checklist

Here are the New Oct1, 2015 forms. These are fillable PDF files Click the links below to download the needed forms.

A) Merchant Mariners Application (CG-719B)


B) Disclosure Statement For Narcotics, DWI/DUI, and/or Other Convictions


C) Merchant Mariners Medical Certificate (Physical Exam) (CG-719K):

  - If you have a medical issue please downloadNMC guidance and bring the related section to your doctor.

C1) CG-719KE (Entry Level) such as ordinary Seaman such as ordinary seaman, wiper, Food handler

D) DOT/USCG Periodic Drug Testing Form (Form CG-719P) ;

- Drug testing information including list of lab's, forms, definitions

- Note: Go to AAMRO site;selected only people with the blue approval box) 

- Drug Testing Guide & Marine employer or Military Drug Testing Options

New Drug Policy letter if you are part of a federal random drug program .

E) Small Vessel Sea Service Form (CG-719S)

- How to complete the sea service form

- Sea service information for USCG,  military and Merchante Mariners Credentials related to sea service.


F) Oath form is not needed. Just have the page three of the application notarize.


G) Universal TWIC Enrollment Center   If you have any questions about TWIC card services, contact UES Call

Center at 1-855-DHS-UES1 (855-347-8371). NOTE: When applying for your TWIC card, Applicant must state "Job Position" as Merchant Mariner. If you do not do this, National Maritime Center will not get your TWIC information and your license will be delayed.

TWIC Exemption request for renewals is part of the new application. For orginal license you must apply for the TWIC.

Wondering if your "criminal background" will deny you your TWIC? Check out all of the disqualifying offences and time constraints HERE!!


H) First Aid/CPR Card must be Red Cross, American Heart Saver or Emergency and Care institue card are accepted. (If you need a class, Brenda does an online class then skills test in the class. Call us if you need a course (920) 733-5500


I) Pay your Application Fee $145 fee ($100 for maritime officer license and $45 for issuance) at  - Sample how to fill out the payment form


J) REC address for application submittal


K) Check on your application status :, then click on merchant mariner

If you will need assistance from us with the National Maritime Center, please complete the Third Party Release form as they will not talk with us about your USCG Merchant Mariners License application without a signed form.

If you have questions please call the NMC or give us a call. 920-733-5500

Best of Luck

Captain Gary


Helpful Links for Your Application


National Maritime Center

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Main Inquiry Line: 1-888-I-ASK-NMC (1-888-427-5662)
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