The cost of applying for a USCG issued Merchant Mariner Credential
(MMC) is about $500 to $600. This includes the USCG application and
issuance fees, the TWIC enrollment fee, the average cost of the
physical exam and drug screening, and the cost of the required First
Aid/CPR Training. This does not include the cost of any training
courses, travel, and lodging.

While it is not a requirement, it is highly recommended that you
submit your application to the USCG and get your approval
PRIOR to
taking the course.

The steps provided here outline the Merchant Mariner Credential
application process and start with the least expensive step first.
  • If you need help at any point in the application process, please
    contact us. We are here to help.

Application Step 1 - Document your Sea Service

Research the endorsement you need and the professional
requirements for that endorsement. All OUPV and Master applications
require at least 360-days of qualifying sea service experience, that
includes 90-days of recent experience within the past 3-years. Use
form CG 719S to document your experience.



Application Step 2 - Enroll in the TWIC Program

All original applications for an OUPV or Master require the applicant to
enroll in the TWIC program through a Universal Enrollment System
(UES).

Application Step 3 - Physical Exam and Drug Screening

All OUPV and Master applications must include a Merchant Mariner
Physical Exam completed on form CG 719K, and a USCG/DOT Drug
Screening completed on form CG 719P. When applying for an OS
only use form 719KE instead of 719K.




Application Step 4 - First Aid/CPR Training

The original issuance of an OUPV or Master requires completion of
American Red Cross or American Heart Association First Aid/CPR
Training within one year of the application date.

Application Step 5 - Application Form

All applications require completion of form CG 719B. Complete form
CG 719C if answering yes to any Convictions and Drug Use questions
in Section III.


Application Step 6 - Oath and Application Fees

All applications must be delivered to a USCG Regional Exam Center
(REC) either in person; or by fax, mail or email. When delivering the
application in person the Merchant Mariner Oath and application fees
can be taken care over the counter at the REC. Otherwise the oath
may be administered by a Notary.


Portland REC contact information:
  • Portland REC
  • 911 NE 11th Ave. Room 637
  • Portland, OR 97232
  • Phone (503) 231-2296
  • Fax (503) 231-6738
  • Email applications to: REC-POR-AppSubmission@uscg.mil
  • Application Email Instructions >>

The National Maritime Center (NMC) is the last word in everything
about Merchant Mariner Credentials.
Call (503) 841-6066
Merchant Mariner Credential (MMC) Application Help
Columbia Pacific Maritime INC
10580 SE Washington Street - Portland, OR 97216

We are located just east of the 205 Mall off Interstate 205 on SE
Washington Street.


For more information or Email Questions to:

Class & Scheduling: info@columbiapacificmaritime.com

Radar, ARPA, AB: john@columbiapacificmaritime.com

OUPV, Master, Mate: dennis@columbiapacificmaritime.com

Please call or email any questions, we are here to help.

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