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Applying For Your License

The application process and filling out all the forms for you license can be a daunting process., but USMA is at your side to help streamline some of the details. During the Captain and Renewal courses, we cover all you need to know for filling out the forms below.

US Maritime Academy - Information Pack and Checklist

Original License


Application for Merchant Mariner Credential - Form CG-719B

Application for Medical Certificate (Physical) - Form CG-719K

For Masters and OUPV application make sure you use this form, NOT the Entry Level Ratings CG-719KE or the 2012 form. Download and fill out all personal information including yes/no portions and bring it with you to your physical doctor's exam.

Small Vessel Sea Service Form - Form CG-719S  

You can print out and make copies of this form. Once you have created a final draft, you can revisit this link and use the fillable method if you wish. We will discuss in class.

Conviction Statement - Form CG-719C

Use this form ONLY if you have a conviction as discussed on the Merchant Mariner Credential Application (CG719 B)

Criminal Record Review CFR (for more detail info)

Motor Vehicle Drug & Alcohol Convictions (for more detail info)


Transportation Worker's Identification Card (TWIC) Application Process

US Coast Guard Regional Exam Centers (REC office locations) 

Complete applications are accepted at Regional Examination Centers (RECs) via mail, e-mail, fax, or in person.  

Coast Guard Payments

All Merchant Mariner fees are paid through the site. Click on "Pay a Merchant Mariner User Fee" to begin the process and be sure to retain your receipt for payment to submit along with your MMC application.


Renewing Your License

Your license needs to be renewed every 5 yrs. For information on our 1-day renewal class, please see renewal class schedule.

Merchant Mariner Application Renewal Checklist (renewal only)

Application for Merchant Mariner Credential - Form CG-719B

Small Vessel Sea Service Form - Form CG-719S

Application for Medical Certificate (Physical) - Form CG-719K

Video: How to renew your license (5 yr renewal paperwork)

Tonnage Upgrade

Tonnage Upgrade Checklist 

Checklist for upgrading Master or Mate from 25 GRT to 50 GRT or 50 GRT to 100GRT with only 90 days of sea-time since your initial license issuance.  

US Maritime Academy Videos

Video: Class Orientation / Information

This goes over the types of licenses and how to assemble sea-time and all requirements

Video: How to Apply for your Original License

Step-by-step process on how to complete all forms and submit paperwork

Need Help Submitting Your Paperwork?
Sea K's Maritime Licensing Service

Charles "Chuck" Kakuska is a 25 year veteran of the United States Coast Guard who can assist you in submitting your MMC application and paperwork (call for fee structure).

(734) 847-1723

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