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The Coast Guard established a formal trademark and licensing program in 2010. If you have a permission letter that dates before this time, you will need to reapply and obtain a license.
All license agreements have different terms and conditions. The term will define the relevant time period during which the license agreement shall remain in effect.
If you are interested in obtaining a license with the U.S. Coast Guard, you need a licensing application. An application can be downloaded (Application). Please be sure to follow the steps addressed in the application or your application will be delayed.
Coast Guard members and their immediate families have an implied limited license to use the Coast Guard Emblem for noncommercial personal uses such as on printed materials, clothing, literature, briefings, coins and food. The Coast Guard Emblem shall not be used in a manner or context that reflects unfavorably upon the Coast Guard, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) or any of its components or which will disparage the Coast Guard, DHS or the United States Government. Designs containing the Coast Guard Emblem must be approved by CG-09232.
If your product is for personal use and not commercial retail, no further action is necessary.
Please visit DOD and DHS Websites for a full listing of trademark licensing contacts.
Trademark Licensing Program
U.S. Coast Guard
2703 Martin Luther King Ave SE Stop 7501
Washington, D.C. 20593-7103