USCG Captains License 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.
Able Seaman with Lifeboatman National License Check List Check list for Lifeboatman Limited Practical Only the items marked LTD or Both must be done.
Video Help with your applications: Capt Gary has posted the following youtube videos that explain each item required for a complete application package
With seventeen years of experience working with the NMC on mariners applications, you will find these very helpful. They show you the finer points of getting it done right the first time. Save you time and money!
These are fillable PDF files Click the links below to download the needed forms. NOTE: these are linked to the NMC which still uses an unsecured federal site. You may have to add an exception to your browser to download the forms.
If you need forms or other information not listed below, go to the NMC website. Here is the link
NOTE: all the NMC forms have been updated to a new expiration date March 31, 2021. New forms must be used starting Sept 1, 2018.
A) Merchant Mariners Application (CG-719B)new form
- If you have a medical issue please download NMC guidance and bring the related section to your doctor.
D) D OT/USCG Periodic Drug Testing Form (Form CG-719P) ; new form
If you are part of a military or maritime company's drug testing program this link will show you how to write the required letter
E) Small Vessel Sea Service Form (CG-719S) new form
Ea) Need copy of previously submitted information, make a legacy files request. The legacy file is now stored at a Federal Records Center, and contains all information previously submitted by the mariner. Mariners can request this information by submitting a records request (Legacy File request form).
F) For the oath just have page three of the application notarize. Or, you can use the Merchant Mariner Oath Form
TWIC Exemption request for renewals is part of the new application. For original license you must apply for the TWIC.
H) First Aid/CPR Card must be Red Cross, American Heart Association or Emergency and Care institute card are accepted. IF IT IS AMERICAN HEART get certificate of completion (AMERHA-216) or it will not be accepted. PLEASE NOTE: American Heart Saver by Heart Saver Institute is not acceptable. Look who offers the course before taking it!
(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 or enroll at https://www.explorersguidellc.com/online-class-registration/event/149/Online-Standard-First-Aid--CPR--and-AED-(ECSI)-with-Skills-Check
J) REC address for application submittal
If you will need assistance from others with the National Maritime Center, please complete the
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
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