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IMPORTANT INFORMATION

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

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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