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Section III: Safety and Suitability
III. 1 TWIC Information: Unless specifically exempted, the Coast Guard must have evidence that you hold a valid TWIC or, for original applicants, that
you have enrolled for a TWIC and are awaiting the results. With the exception of applicants for Documents of Continuity, no mariner credential will
be issued until the Coast Guard receives information from the TSA that you are currently or have previously been approved to hold a TWIC.
Exemptions from holding a valid TWIC:
a. Mariners applying for a Document of Continuity are not required to enroll for a TWIC.
b. Mariners who are inactive or not operating under the authority of their credential. This exemption will cease to exist if the mariner subsequently
chooses to work under the authority of their credential.
c. Mariners who serve on vessels that are not required to have a vessel security plan. These vessels include:
i. Uninspected passenger vessels of less than 100 gross register tons (GRT); and
ii. Vessels inspected under subchapter T of Title 46 Code of Federal Regulations, except those on international voyages; and
iii. Towing vessels not involved in towing barges inspected under 46 CFR subchapters D, I or O; and
iv. Towing vessels involved in fleeting, docking, or ship assist as excepted in Title 33 CFR, Section 104.105(a)(11).
This exemption will cease to exist if the mariner subsequently chooses to work under the authority of their credential on vessels not specifically
III. 2a-e Convictions and Drug Use
Has applicant used dangerous drugs, including marijuana within the past 10 years? Check YES or No. Applicant must provide evidence of having
passed a chemical test for dangerous drugs or qualify for an exemption from testing as per 46 CFR. Original applicants are required to list all
convictions. Conviction means that the applicant for a merchant mariner credential has been found guilty, by judgment or plea by a court of record of
the United States, the District of Columbia, any State, territory, or possession of the United States, a foreign country, or a military court, of a criminal
felony or misdemeanor or of an offense described in section 205 of the National Driver Register Act of 1982, as amended (49 U.S.C. 30304). If an
applicant pleads guilty or no contest, is granted deferred adjudication, or is required by the court to attend classes, make contributions of time or
money, receive treatment, submit to any manner of probation or supervision, or forgo appeal of a trial court's conviction, then the Coast Guard will
consider the applicant to have received a conviction. A later expungement of the conviction will not negate a conviction unless the Coast Guard is
satisfied that the expungement is based upon a showing that the court's earlier conviction was in error. If you are unsure what you previously reported,
you are encouraged to provide a complete list of all convictions. Failure to report convictions will delay your credential and may result in denial.
III.3 National Driver Registry (NDR): No MMC will be issued as an original or reissued with a new expiration date, and no new officer endorsement
will be issued, unless the applicant consents to an NDR check as per 46 USC 7505.
Raise of Grade or New Endorsement - Is defined as an increase in the level of authority and responsibility associated with an officer or rating endorsement.
You must first hold an MMC before an endorsement is issued for a Raise of Grade and/or Increase in Scope (e.g. Raise of Grade of 3
mate to 2
not change the expiration date unless specifically requested and renewal requirements are met for all other endorsements on MMC).
Increase in Scope - Increase in scope may include a change in horsepower, propulsion or tonnage limitations, or geographic route restrictions. You must first
hold an MMC before an endorsement is issued for a Raise of Grade and/or Increase in Scope. Endorsements maintain the same expiration date as the
credential being endorsed.
Document of Continuity - Documents of continuity do not expire, do not require medical or security evaluations, and do not require fees. They are a record
of competencies previously held and do not authorize the holder to sail in any capacity listed thereon.
Description of MMC or Endorsement Desired - All Mariners will receive a single Merchant Mariner Credential. Describe all capacities and limitations both
domestic and STCW including tonnage, waters, propulsion mode, horsepower, ratings (Ordinary Seaman, Able Seaman, QMED-Oiler, etc.), purser, doctor,
radio operator, continuity, etc.
NOTE: Entry Level Ratings - There are no professional requirements needed when applying for entry level credential. Ratings may include Ordinary
Seaman, Wiper, and/or Stewards Department / Stewards Department (Food Handler - F.H.). Per 46 CFR Part 10, applicants requesting Stewards Department
(F.H.) will be required to submit a statement attesting applicant is free from communicable disease
Section IV: Mariner's Consent/Certification
IV.1 Mariner Outreach System (MOS): This is an optional program. Applicant will need to select whether Yes, they would like to participate, or No, they
do not wish to participate in the Mariner Outreach System, by selecting either of the check boxes.
IV.2 Continuity: Credentials issued for continuity purposes are not valid for use.
IV.3 Consent: Applicants under the age of 18 must attach a notarized statement of parental/guardian consent.
IV.4 Third Party Release: If you want the NMC to be able to discuss, release, or receive information/documents regarding your credential application
with a third party (spouse, employer, school, union, etc.) you must provide specific guidance to the NMC regarding what issues we may discuss and
with whom. You may allow release of all information to certain individuals or entities. If you limit the release of certain information you must be
specific by making a selection on the application or by attaching additional documentation. For each selection made, ensure the Name of the
Organization or Third Party, Organization Point of Contact (if applicable), Address and Phone Number is completed. If you wish to provide multiple
Third Party Releases, attach additional pages as needed. A sample may be found on the NMC website: http://www.uscg.mil/nmc/.
IV.5 Certification: Applicant certifies that the information provided is true and correct. Every person who applies for an original MMC must first take an
oath. The applicant must sign and date the application stating they have taken the oath. Failure to sign will result in the application being returned.
Per 46 CFR 10.225(c), an oath may by administered by any Coast Guard designated individual or any person legally permitted to administer oaths
in the jurisdiction where the person taking the oath resides.
IV.6 Signature and Date: Failure to sign and date the application will result in the application being returned.