Yes. The merchant mariner oath is needed for every renewal/reinstatement that is outside the 1 year renewal grace period.
The great part is that any legal notary in the jurisdiction where you are taking the oath can deliver it to you and notarize the USCG Oath Form.
Make sure the notary witnesses you reciting your oath and then signs and stamps your oath form.
The oath form provided by the USCG says sample on it. But, it works great and you can use it as your oath form (https://www.dco.uscg.mil/Portals/9/NMC/pdfs/forms/Merchant_Mariner_Oath.pdf)
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.