How to schedule a USCG drug test

Find a facility, take a DOT 5-panel test, and check the results. MM-SEAS guides you through the process and offers support for $299.

2 mins read・Sep 22, 2022
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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.

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What is step one?

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.

Step 2: Which test do I need?

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.

Step 3: Go give the sample

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.

Step 4: Make sure your results have the right information

Check for these things on the test results:

  • Your Name
  • Your Social Security Number
  • The test results (e.g. Negative)
  • The Medical Review Officer (MRO) signed the results

Where can I find more information?

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!

MM-SEAS is free to use on your own and if you need some more personalized help you can upgrade to MM-SEAS Pro inside of the site.

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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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