Maritime Institute has helpful application packets that we put together for students, with a checklist of what to submit, the official USCG forms, and instructions on how to submit your application documents to the US Coast Guard National Maritime Center. Please see below. These packets are based off of the USCG National Maritime Center requirements, and may not be all-inclusive for the endorsement(s) you are applying or your unique situation. We always advise that you refer to the National Maritime Center for the most up-to-date and official guidelines: https://www.dco.uscg.mil/nmc/merchant_mariner_credential/
Original Credential Application Packet
Original Credential- Entry Level MMC (NO licenses/ratings/endorsements)
Credential Renewal Application Packet (renewal ONLY if credential has not passed the 1-year grace period after expiration date)
Renewal of Entry Level MMC (NO licenses/ratings/endorsements)
Credential Reinstatement Application Packet (reinstatement of National credential that has expired past the 1-year grace period)
Credential Upgrade Application Packet (raise of grade, increase in scope, or adding endorsement to credential)
How-To's & Helpful Information
USCG Forms (Individual)
You must submit your USCG credential application documents all together as one package, via mail or email, to one of the Regional Exam Centers (REC) in the U.S., for evaluation. It is important that you provide the REC with a complete application package in order to avoid delay. Instructions on how to submit everything are on the National Maritime Center website. REC locations: https://www.dco.uscg.mil/nmc/recs/
REC's screen all applications, administer examinations, conduct oversight of USCG-Approved Courses, and support community outreach programs.
Merchant Mariner Credential (MMC) Application Process
Step 1: TWIC
Step 2: Submit a Complete Application to a USCG Regional Exam Center (REC)
Step 3: Transit from REC to NMC
Step 4: Application Evaluated
Step 5: Credential Printed
Step 6: Credential Mailed
Maritime Institute, offers a fee-based, one-on-one credential service. Our services are for new mariners learning to navigate the credential process, and for the professional mariner renewing or upgrading their credentials. We can review your credential application documents to make sure your information is in compliance with the U.S. Coast Guard National Maritime Center (NMC) applicable requirements for that credential.
All requirements for credentials are established by the NMC and available on the NMC website. Mariners should refer to the NMC website which has instructions for what documents are required to apply for a credential. Our services are not required if you want to submit your application on your own.
Once you have everything completed to apply for a credential, and you are ready to have your documents reviewed before submitting, then you will be ready to schedule an appointment with us for credential services. We are working with a very high volume of clients and it may be at least a few weeks before the Credential department is available to meet with you.
For a list of all Maritime Institute's credential services as well as prices, click here
Services can be provided in-person or by phone and email.