My USCG license has been expired for over a year. Do I have to take the Merchant Mariner Oath again?

Is your USCG license expired for more than a year? Learn whether you need to retake the Merchant Mariner Oath.

1 mins read・Mar 28, 2022
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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.

You can click on the image above to have an oath form that does not say SAMPLE on it like the one provided by the USCG. If you want to use the one that says SAMPLE it works great and you can use it as your oath form (

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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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