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Sea Service and Training to Renew Your USCG License

You’ve done all of the hard work! Jumped through all of the hoops and have been working on vessels for the last few years. You look down and realize that it’s time to renew your Captain's License, Now what?


MM-SEAS makes the complicated licensing process for Captains, Deckhands, Mates and Engineers simple with an easy to use software that does everything for you so you can get time back and stop worrying about your license.


We recommend doing these two steps first when planning your USCG License renewal.


These steps are pretty much the same no matter which licenses and endorsements you hold. If you are using MM-SEAS all of your documents should already be in the system, there are built-in reminders and simple to use checklists to make this process even easier for you!


But if you are not using MM-SEAS yet here is what you need to do!




Step 1: Gather Your Sea Service Documents From the Last 5 Years


Go track down every CG-719S (Small Vessel Sea Service form), Sea Service Letter on Company Letterhead, Certificate of Discharge and Active Duty/ Reserve documents (USCG TOSS, Army TOSS, NOAA TOSS, USCG AOPS) of sea service you have earned.


Once you’ve gathered all of your sea service documents. Counting up your sea days in the previous five years of your renewal application date. This number is what will drive Step 2!


You can add all of your Sea Service documents into MM-SEAS. The system will calculate everything for you and you will always know where they are!


Step 2: Do You Have to Take Training to Renew?


More than 360 sea days in the previous five years of your renewal application date:


If you are going to have more than 360 days in the previous five years of your renewal application date you will not need to take any tests for your USCG License renewal!


If you also hold STCW endorsements such as Basic Training, Officer in charge of a navigational watch (OICNW), and Proficiency in survival craft and rescue boats other than fast rescue boats (PSC) you will need to only take an STCW Basic Training Revalidation course!


Less than 360 sea days in the previous five years of your renewal application date:


If you are going to have less than 360 days in the previous five years of your renewal application date, you will need to take an open book take home test which will be mailed to you after your application is approved for all domestic licenses that you hold.


If you currently possess a Master 200 GRT Near Coastal, an Able Seaman Special and Lifeboatman you will take an Open Book test for each of them. Remember, you have been sailing and got your original domestic license so the open book test should be a breeze!


If you also hold STCW endorsements such as Basic Training, Officer in charge of a navigational watch (OICNW), and Proficiency in survival craft and rescue boats other than fast rescue boats (PSC) you will need to take both an STCW Basic Training Refresher course and a Proficiency in survival craft and rescue boats other than fast rescue boats (PSC) Refresher course.


Now that you know how many sea days you have for your renewal you can decide your path forward and what your strategy will be if you need additional training to renew!


If you need to take the required training, DO IT!!!! Then add your training certificates to MM-SEAS so you will always know where they are.


After you have determined how many sea days you are going to get credit for from the last 5 years and you have determined if you have to take training to renew. The next step we recommend is renewing your Transportation Worker Identification Card or TWIC that you need to renew your USCG License.


If you want to make everything for your USCG License simple click on the sign up button on the top right and let MM-SEAS make renewing your USCG License simple and easy for you!


We built MM-SEAS to be with you every step of the way! The software makes the merchant mariner credentialing process simple.


We’re on your side--and trust us--you got this!!!!

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