To renew your license you need a valid medical certificate. This can be an existing medical certificate that is still valid or a new certificate.
If the medical certificate expires before the working credential, the working credential is no longer valid.
There are three expiration dates on each certificate;
1) For domestic/national certifications: The Medical Certificate is valid for 5 years from the date of examination.
2) For STCW: The Medical Certificate is valid for 2 years from the date of examination. If the mariner is under 18, the Medical Certificate is valid for 1 year from the date of examination.
3) For Pilots: The Medical Certificate is valid for 2 years from the date of examination.
The Coast Guard considers the date of examination to be the date that it approves the issuance of a medical certificate. It will not coincide with the date the medical practitioner signed the CG-719K or CG-719 K/E; nor will it necessarily coincide with the issuance date of the medical certificate or MMC.
We hope this made your life a little easier and if you have other questions the MM-SEAS team is always here to help!
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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.