Yes! You want to submit how many days you actually spent on the water in the last 5 years to renew your USCG license. We built an CG719S generator inside of mmseas.com that you can use if you own your own boat to create and sign perfect sea service documentation.
If you know you have less than 360 days in the last 5 years we do not recommend taking the time to track down all of your sea service documentation. Instead you just need to take an open book take home test that is emailed to you.
But if you have over 360 days in the last 5 years you can report as much as you want. Side note: If you hold Any STCW, Any Radar Observer, Master of Towing, Mate (Pilot) of Towing or Tankerman your renewal is more complicated. This blog post explains what you need to do in more detail.
We hope this made your life a little easier and if you have other questions the MM-SEAS team is always here to help!
No matter what, when you are ready to submit your application, you can choose to have the MM-SEAS staff create a perfect application, handle the USCG application fees and work with the USCG on your behalf to resolve any issues for a flat fee of $299 or you can choose to submit on your own.
Pro MM-SEAS members get access to unlimited live 1 on 1 calls with one of our USCG Licensing Specialists. We've found that answering questions live with screen sharing in a video call makes both of our lives easier. Pro MM-SEAS members can access these features inside of MM-SEAS under License Guidance.
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.