Can I sign my own sea service documentation for my USCG license?

Own a vessel? You can sign your own sea service forms for a USCG License. You need a proof of ownership that matches your form.

2 mins read・Apr 21, 2023
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Yes! You can sign for your own service on vessels you own. You need to sign both sections of the CG-719S small vessel sea service form. Don't forget to complete the bottom part of section III, where you will sign twice.

Sea service form signature section.

What additional documentation is needed to sign my own sea service documentation for my USCG license?

If you are documenting sea time on a vessel you own and signing your own sea service documentation for my USCG license you will always need to provide proof of ownership for every vessel you are submitting to the USCG.

The vessel ownership documentation must list your name and match the vessel identification information you used on your CG-719S. Acceptable proof of ownership may include, although is not limited to:

  • Vessel documentation
  • Title
  • Proof of insurance
  • Bill of sale
  • State registration

What do I do if I don't own the vessel?

The ship’s master, owner, vessel manager or office staff for the company that owns the vessel can sign your CG-719S small vessel sea service form.

You will sign the top part of section III on the CG-719S small vessel sea service form. The person attesting to your service will need to complete the bottom part of section III and sign.

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Nate Gilman
Nate Gilman

Nate has over 15 years of professional maritime experience and has hawsepiped his way to a 3rd Mate Unlimited Endorsement with full STCW compliance. He is proud veteran of the NOAA Commissioned Corps.

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