Who can administer merchant mariner oath?

Learn who is authorized to administer the Merchant Mariner Oath for your USCG license.

2 mins read・Mar 04, 2022
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I know it sounds wild but you need to say the Merchant Mariner Oath in front of a notary and have them verify you said it.

Your oath may be administered by any person legally permitted to administer oaths (This means any notary can help you out!) in the jurisdiction where the person taking the oath resides. If you are in person at a USCG REC there will be a Coast Guard-designated individual who can watch you say the oath and then sign it, but this is very hard to schedule and pull off.

Make sure the notary witnesses you reciting your oath and then signs and stamps your oath form.

There is an oath form that is provided by the USCG which says sample on it. You can use either one as your oath form (View & Print Merchant Mariner Oath PDF)

We don't recommend it, but you can also have the notary sign the bottom portion of Part 5. Signature in Section IV: Mariner’s Consent/Certification of the Application For Merchant Mariner Credential Form (CG-719B).

The main thing you need is that the notary witnesses you reciting your oath and then signs and stamps after their signature on the 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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