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IMPORTANT INFORMATION

You MUST apply for a credential at your local Regional Exam Center.  It is important to include all supporting documentation and proper signatures.  Missing information will cause applications to be delayed or rejected.

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Credential Application Process

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Click on the tabs below for the type of application package needed.

  • Overview
  • Original
  • Renewal
  • Duplicate
  • Raise of Grade
  • Modification
  • Continuity
  • STCW

The tabs listed on this page will help you with your application process by giving the steps required to obtain the credential requested, a wizard guide, and an application package. The types of applications are as follows:

  • Original: The first credential issued to an applicant.
  • Renewal: Re-issuance of a current or previously held credential with a new five year expiration date.
  • Duplicate: A replacement credential issued containing the same authority, wording, and expiration date as the lost or destroyed credential.
  • Raise of Grade: Increasing the level of authority and responsibility associated with a credential.
  • Modification (Increase of Scope): Removing limitations previously placed on the credential such as change in horsepower, tonnage limitations, or geographic route.
  • Document of Continuity: Documents issued solely to maintain an individual’s eligibility for renewal. The holder is not authorized to work under this document.
  • STCW Endorsement: An annotation on a merchant mariner credential that allows a mariner to serve in those capacities listed in 46 CFR 10.109 (d) and serves as evidence that a mariner has met the requirements of STCW.

Use the following steps and guide to apply for an original Merchant Mariner Credential:

Original Wizard Guide and CG 719B Instructional Video

Use the following steps and guide to apply for a renewal of a Merchant Mariner Credential:

Renewal Wizard Guide and CG 719B Instructional Video


Use the following steps and guide to apply for a duplicate Merahant Mariner Credential:

  • Step 1- If required; obtain your Transportation Workers Identification Credential.
  • Step 2- Fill out the appropriate application package (forms):
  • Step 3- Write an affidavit describing the circumstances surrounding the loss.
  • Step 4- If required, pay applicable fees.
  • Step 5- Send your application and supporting documentation to a local Regional Exam Center.

Duplicate Wizard Guide

Use the following steps and guide to apply for a Raise of Grade:

  • Step 1- If required; obtain your Transportation Workers Identification Credential.
  • Step 2- Ensure you meet requirements for the credential requested. 
  • Step 3- Fill out the appropriate application package (forms):
  • Step 4- Pay applicable fees.
  • Step 5- Send your application and supporting documentation to a local Regional Exam Center.

Raise of Grade Wizard Guide

Use the following steps and guide to apply for a Modification (Increase in Scope):

  • Step 1- If required; obtain your Transportation Workers Identification Credential.
  • Step 2- Ensure you meet requirements for the credential requested. 
  • Step 3- Fill out the appropriate application package (forms):
  • Step 4- Pay applicable fees.
  • Step 5- Send your application and supporting documentation to a local Regional Exam Center.

Modification Wizard Guide

Use the following steps and guide to apply for a Document of Continuity:

  • Step 1- Fill out the appropriate application package (forms):
  • Step 2- Send your application and supporting documentation to a local Regional Exam Center.

Document of Continuity Wizard Guide

 

Important Indormation:

    Documents of Continuity, issued after 4/15/2004, do not expire and are issued solely tm maintain an individual's eligi`ility for renewal. The holder is not authorized to work under this document.
  • International Endorsements (STCWs) cannot be placed on a Document of Continuity.

Use the following steps and guide to apply for an STAW endorsement:

    Step 1- Ensure you meet the qualifications for the endorsement requested.
  • Step 2- Fill out the appropriate application package (forms):
    • STCW
  • Step 3- Send your application and suppmrting documentation to a local Regional Exam Center.

STCW Wizard Guide

 

Disclaimer:

This STCW Application Package is only to be used when applying for an STCW (International Endorsement) alone. If you are applying for a rating and/or officer endorsement at the same time, please see the other application packages liqted on the Application Process page.

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