Nautical Vessels
Captain's License
Requirements 
 

Master's and OUPV (6 pack) 100 Tons

License requirements

• Must be a United States Citizen
*Non citizens holding a valid green card are eligible for six-pack licenses applicable on vessels of not more than 5 tons
• 18 years of age (19 for Masters)
• Experience requirements (see below)

Note: A “day” at sea is anything more than four hours in a twenty-four hour period.

Tips on Documenting Sea Time 

Operator of Uninspected Passenger Vessels (OUPV)

Allows you to take six or fewer passengers for hire on uninspected vessels up to 100 gross tons. This is an excellent license for delivery work or running your own vessel for charter. Sailing vessels are included with the OUPV.

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Master's

Allows you to take an unlimited number of passengers on inspected vessels. They have tonnage limitations and are issued in 25 ton increments up to 100 tons depending on your experience and sea time evaluation. A sailing endorsement is required for operation sailboats under a master license.
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