To receive a USCG license you will need to pass a DOT 5-panel Test and have it signed by a Certified Medical Review Officer.
Download the MM-SEAS How to Get Your Drug Test free guide below. It's built to fit on your phone and we strongly suggest you bring it with you to your appointment. It will help you ensure you are taking the right drug test!
Step 1 is to find a facility near you that will take the sample and send it to a testing facility. Below is one website that can help. I'm sure others exist also.
Only a DOT 5 Panel (SAMHSA 5 Panel, formerly NIDA 5), testing for marijuana, cocaine, opiates, phencyclidine (PCP), and amphetamines will be accepted.
If this sounds confusing, that's okay. Contact (via phone, or email, or website, etc.) the collection facility you found in step 1 and ask if they do DOT 5 Panel tests. DOT stands for Department of Transportation.
The facility that collects the sample is rarely the same location as the test processing facility. The sample will likely be set to a testing facility somewhere else. This is normal.
Check for these things on the test results:
The MM-SEAS Blog has created posts describing the process for acceptable drug test paperwork. Here are a couple of them to help answer more questions.
We hope this made your life a little easier and if you have other questions the MM-SEAS team is always here to help!
No matter what, when you are ready to submit your application, you can choose to have the MM-SEAS staff create a perfect application, handle the USCG application fees and work with the USCG on your behalf to resolve any issues for a flat fee of $299 or you can choose to submit on your own.
Pro MM-SEAS members get access to unlimited live 1 on 1 calls with one of our USCG Licensing Specialists. We've found that answering questions live with screen sharing in a video call makes both of our lives easier. Pro MM-SEAS members can access these features inside of MM-SEAS under License Guidance.
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.