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The Security Branch is responsible for determining the safety and suitability of an applicant. Security Evaluators use the Code of  Federal Regulations to evaluate documentation provided by the applicant.


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  • Conviction Statement
  • TWIC
  • Driving Record
  • Criminal Record
  • ID / Citizenship

Conviction Statement

Each applicant must disclose all convictions in section III of the application CG 719B (Application) that were not previously disclosed.

Criminal Convictions Brochure Sample Conviction Statement

If an applicant pleads guilty to or is given one of the following, in any jurisdiction, they are considered to have received a conviction:

  • Guilty / no contest
  • deferred adjudication
  • required class attendance
  • contributions of time / money
  • receive treatment
  • probation / supervision
  • forgo appeal of court’s conviction

Expungement of a conviction will not negate a conviction unless the expungement shows that the court's earlier conviction was in error.

Transportation Worker Identification Credential

The National Maritime Center uses the Transportation Security Administration data from a Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) application as its major source for security checks. In order to print your MMC, you must have applied for a TWIC at least once. However, mariners without a valid TWIC may obtain a Merchant Mariner Credential, as outlined in Policy Letter 11-15 and further described in the TWIC Exemption Announcement.


Driving Record

All applicants must give their consent to a check of their National Driver Registry (NDR) record for Driving Under the Influence (DUI) or Reckless Driving convictions. The Coast Guard will consider offenses such as operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or drugs or reckless driving conviction only within the last three years, unless the applicant driver’s license is currently under suspension or revocation. Prior to the Coast Guard denying the application, the applicant will be supplied the information found in the NDR check and be given the opportunity to comment.


Criminal Record

The applicant’s criminal record will be reviewed for convictions that show evidence of a mariner’s unsuitability for the duties and responsibilities of the Merchant Mariner Credential (MMC) applied for.

Safe and suitable person means a person whose prior record, including but not limited to criminal record and / or National Driver Registry record, provides no information indicating that his or her character and habits of life would support the belief that permitting such a person to serve under the M.M.C. sought would clearly be a threat to the safety of life or property, detrimental to good discipline, or adverse to the interests of the United States. See 46 CFR 10.211 & 10.213 for the regulations associated with this definition.

ID / Citizenship

Proof of U.S. Citizenship or lawful permanent residence can be submitted to the Coast Guard through the Transportation Security Administration with a Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) application. If the National Maritime Center does not consider the proof adequate, it may require the applicant to supply additional proof to meet the requirement found in 46 CFR 10.221 summarized in the following:

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