Commercial Vessel Compliance

8/3/2015: Implementation of updated mariner credentialing program forms

The National Maritime Center announced that the Office of Management and Budget approved the CG-719 series of forms (B, K, K/E, P, S and C) that will replace the forms displaying a June 30, 2012, expiration date. These forms are used within the Mariner Credentialing Program during the application process. The data collected on the updated forms is nearly identical to data collected on the previous forms, with some notable exceptions. The K and K/E forms reflect the introduction of the Medical Certificate. The K also has a significant reduction in the number of conditions to be checked by the medical provider. The C is a new non-mandatory form that standardizes the disclosure of conviction information. Users will note formatting changes that are designed to streamline the burden on the mariner and improve data entry. Updated instructions are provided with each form as well.

The Coast Guard will not stock the CG-719 series of forms in paper format. Beginning October 1, 2015, these forms may be obtained electronically in a fillable PDF format by selecting the forms link on the National Maritime Center website. Additional updates to the NMC website will occur as quickly as possible to reflect the new forms.

The Coast Guard encourages providers and applicants to purge the old forms from inventory and to begin using the new forms as soon as possible after October 1, 2015. In order to avoid penalizing mariners who have already completed their forms, the NMC will continue to accept the old forms for a period of time.

Implementation of the new forms will commence on October 1, 2015. With the exception of the K and K/E, the Coast Guard will no longer accept outdated forms after April 1, 2016.

For the K and K/E, forms signed by a physician after December 31, 2015, must be the new form version. In accordance with 46CFR10.304(d) the K or K/E must be submitted within 12 months of the date signed by the licensed medical professional, therefore, the Coast Guard will no longer accept outdated K or K/E forms after December 31, 2016.

View the notice for full details.

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