For all renewal applications, you’ll need evidence of having passed a chemical test for dangerous drugs.
The Coast Guard form CG-719P can be used to document the results of the DOT 5-panel Test. The meaning of the "optional" at the top of the CG-719P form means that documentation using that form is optional. All mariners must still provide evidence of passing the test.
You may also use a letter from a marine employer or consortium attesting to participation in a random drug testing program, or a letter attesting to pre-employment drug testing from your employer instead of a drug test.
There are a few exceptions to this requirement including increasing in scope, asking for a duplicate, or applying for an STCW only endorsement.
No matter what type of evidence you use, it must be dated within 185 of your application being submitted to the Regional Exam Center (REC).
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.