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Section III: Safety and Suitability
III. 1 Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC):
• A TWIC is required for applicants who need access to secure areas designated in a vessel's security plan and a facility's security plan by the
Maritime Transportation Security Act.
• Unless specifically exempted, the Coast Guard must have evidence that you hold a valid TWIC or, for original applicants, that you have applied for
a TWIC and are awaiting the results.
III. 2a-f Criminal Record Review (Convictions and Drug Use):
In accordance with 46 CFR 10.211, the Coast Guard may review the criminal record of an applicant to determine meet safety and suitability of all
applicants before any MMC and any endorsement is issued. At the time of application you must provide a written disclosure of all prior convictions
NOT previously disclosed.
• Original Applicants are required to list ALL convictions.
• Written Disclosures - Applicants may use the optional form (CG-719C) to provide written disclosure of 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.
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 if the applicant fails the
criminal record review in accordance with 46 CFR 10.213.
3. U.S. Registered Pilot - When only applying for an original or renewal, please scan and email the completed application along with supporting
documentation to: GreatLakesPilotage@uscg.mil, or send via regular mail to:
ATTN: Great Lakes Pilotage Division
U.S. Coast Guard: Stop 7509
2703 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave., SE
Washington, DC 20593-7509
4. Duplicate MMC - In the event of a lost credential, a statement describing the circumstances of the loss must be submitted with the application. The
duplicate will have the same authority, wording and expiration date as the lost credential. If a person loses a credential by shipwreck or other casualty that
causes damage to a ship, a duplicate will be issued free of charge as per 46 CFR 10.229. If a person loses a credential by other means and applies for a
duplicate, the appropriate fee set out in 46 CFR 10.219 must be paid. No application from an alien for a duplicate credential will be accepted unless the
alien complies with the requirements of 46 CFR 10.229.
5. MMC Endorsement(s) - This is a statement on a mariner's MMC that indicates that he or she is qualified to serve in that capacity. All endorsements
including National officer and National rating endorsements as well as all STCW endorsements (International) are listed in 46 CFR 10.109
NOTE: Requests for an endorsement(s) will not change the expiration date of a mariner's MMC unless the applicant also requests a renewal MMC and
meets the renewal requirements of all endorsements on the MMC in accordance with 46 CFR 10.227.
(a) Raise of Grade (ROG) Endorsement - The requirements for a ROG are found in 46 CFR 10.231. This is an increase in the level of authority and
responsibility associated with an existing officer or rating endorsement.
(b) Increase in Scope - The requirements for an Increase in Scope are found in 46 CFR 10.223. This is a modification or a removal of limitations or
scope to existing MMC endorsement(s).
6. Document of Continuity - This is a record of qualifications previously held and does not authorize the holder to sail in any capacity listed thereon.
Documents of continuity do not expire, do not require medical or security evaluations, and do not require fees. STCW endorsements may not be placed in
continuity. No credential expired beyond the 12-month administrative grace period described in 46 CFR 10.227(h) can be converted into a Document of
7. 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 from a physician attesting that the applicant is free from communicable disease.
Section IV: Applicant Consent and Certification
IV.1 Mariner Outreach System: This is an optional program used by the Maritime Administration in the event of a national emergency. 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 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.5 Signature and Date: Failure to sign and date the application will result in the application being returned.
IV.6 Third Party Authorization (optional): 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/.