Should I Get My Marine Radio Operator License?

An FCC MROP is needed for specific vessels like those over 65 feet. It's optional otherwise.

1 mins read・Dec 14, 2022
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You only need an FCC Marine Radio Operator’s Permit (MROP) if you are going to be operating any of the following vessels:

  • Vessels with a length of 65 feet or more
  • Any inspected vessels carrying passengers for hire (includes Great Lakes inspected vessels)
  • Vessels subject to the Radiotelephone Act
  • All towing vessels 26 feet and over
  • All vessels going to ports in other countries

The FCC Marine Radio Operator’s Permit is great to have but we do not recommend getting it if you do not need it for work.  

You can take the course anywhere you want but we recommend doing these courses  to get your FCC Marine Radio Operator’s Permit:

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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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