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The National Maritime Center (NMC) maintains records for United States Merchant Mariners, which are protected under the Privacy Act of 1974.  Mariner records can be used for many reasons, including a valuable tool in genealogical research. 


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Mariner Record Requests

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Merchant Mariner Record Requests

Merchant Mariners, or their next-of-kin, may obtain copies of their records, but the National Maritime Center (NMC) may not disclose an individual’s personal record without:

  • Written and/or notarized consent of the mariner,
  • Power of Attorney, or
  • by providing a certified copy of a Death Certificate. 

Record requests must indicate:

  • nature of the request,
  • requestor and mariner’s full name,
  • reference or social security number,
  • mariner’s date of birth,
  • contact information address and phone number), and
  • must be signed and dated.


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