How to Renew a Captain License

How to Renew a Captain License
How to Renew a Captain License: Because, it cost to much time and money to get it in the first place. Don't let it expire.

How to Renew a Captain License

How to Renew a Captain License is a common question. In short, the renewal is less than the original application.

Your license is valid for 5-years. But, it can be renewed at anytime before it expires, and within 1-year after. But you cannot work on an expired license. To renew a license that is more than 1-year past expiration, you must complete the original course.

Document of Continuity

If you do not wish to, or are unable to, renew your license. DO NOT LET IT EXPIRE. Apply for a Document of Continuity. To clarify, continuity means inactive status. Therefore, you cannot work on it, but it never expires. Additionally, you can renew it at anytime.

How to put a license into Continuity

  1. Use Coast Guard form 719B.
  2. Complete Section I as normal.
  3. Section II: Check Continuity for Officer. And then write the description of the license you are putting into continuity. For example: OUPV Near Coastal, or Master 50-ton Inland.
  4. Ignore Section III.
  5. Sign and date Section IV.
  6. And then email the form to an REC.

How to Renew a Captain License: an outline of the basic renewal process.

1. TWIC

Renewal of your TWIC is optional for OUPV or Master less than 100-ton. However, not renewing your TWIC can delay your approval.

To renew a license WITHOUT the TWIC: Firstly, locate the TWIC exception statement on CG form 719B. It is at the beginning of Section III, top of page 4. Read the. And then check the box if is true.

Reference CG Policy Letter 11-15

2. Sea Service Experience

Use CG form 719S to document your last 5-years of sea time. If you have 360 days, then you can renew without taking exams. However, if you do not have the sea time, give us a call. We can schedule a one-day License Refresher course.

In short, if you have 360 days sea time in the past five years no exams are required.

Help with documenting Sea Service Experience

3. Physical Exam and DOT/USCG Drug Screening

Renewal requires both a physical exam, and drug screening. But, there are some options for drug screening. Reference: page 2 of the DOT/USCG form 719P for options.

Help with the form 719K

4. Application form 719B

Renewal requires CG form 719B. Complete Section I thru Section IV. In Section II: For type of transaction, check officer – renewal. And then, write in a description of your license in the next box. For example: OUPV Inland, or Master 50-ton Near Coastal.

Help with CG form 719B

5. Pay USCG Renewal Fees

Go to the Pay.Gov website and pay USCG fees. To clarify, the total fee is $95. This includes: Firstly a $50 evaluation fee, and secondly, a $45 issue fee. Most important, save the receipt and include it with the application.

6. Scan and Email to an REC

The renewal must saved to a pdf file. And then, emailed it to an REC. In conclusion, we recommend Portland REC.

Email Instructions

Portland REC contact info

  • 911 NE 11th Ave, Room 637
  • Portland, Oregon 97232
  • Phone (503) 231-2296
  • Fax (503) 231-6738
  • Email: RECPORTLAND@USCG.MIL

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In conclusion. Read and follow the instructions. And then if you have any questions please contact us. Above all, our business is helping mariners. However, selling courses is what we do to stay in business.

By Dennis

Instructor and Director at Columbia Pacific Maritime LLC