A recent change to the USCG application process is the removal of the requirement for three character references for the original issue of an MMC Officer Endorsement. This change went into effect in March 2014 as part of the new regulations. For an original issue of an MMC Officer endorsement you will need:
- TWIC (Transportation Workers Identification Credential) issued by TSA.
- Documentation of qualifying sea service experience. Coast Guard form 719S for small vessel service.
- Merchant Mariner Physical exam and USCG/DOT drug screening. Coast Guard form 719K (physical) and 719P (drug screening).
- First Aid and CPR training completed within one year of the application date. American Red Cross or American Heart Association is the accepted standard.
- Take the Merchant Mariner Oath at a USCG REC or administered through a Notary.
- Pay the application fees online at the pay.gov website.
- The application must be submitted to a USCG Regional Exam Center (REC).
If submitted with a course completion certificate the USCG should mail your license in 2 to 6 weeks, if no certificates are included you will receive a letter stating that you are approved to test. If you application is denied you will receive a letter stating the reason it was denied and given 30 days to provide additional information.