Submitted by the National Maritime Center
Did you know the National Maritime Center (NMC) receives more than 50,000 applications annually from mariners applying for Merchant Mariner Credentials (MMCs). On average, more than 50 percent of those applications are incomplete or missing information, which causes delays in processing and frustration for mariners.
Who can help? The Coast Guard has 17 Regional Exam Centers (REC) and several Monitoring Units (MU) with qualified staff that can assist with your application review prior to submission. These RECs and MUs work directly with the National Maritime Center to pre-screen applications, administer examinations, conduct oversight of Coast Guard approved courses and support community outreach programs. The RECs and MUs are open to the public for in-person or over-the-phone consultation. Appointments are required.
To find the REC nearest you or to view other REC related information please see our website: NMC_REC
What can you do to prevent delays in credential issuance? Start by viewing the five most common reasons applications are delayed.
• Apply at least 90 days in advance. Remember, for renewals you can apply up to 8 months early and your credential will be postdated to preserve your original expiration and renewal dates.
• Use the Regional Exam Centers and Monitoring Units to review your application before submission. They are available by appointment for in-person or over-the-phone consultation.
• Use the tools and resources on the NMC website. The application acceptance checklist and evaluator checklists are valuable tools.
• For general questions, contact the NMC Customer Service Center by e-mailing IASKNMC@uscg.mil or calling 1-888-IASKNMC (427-5662).
This blog is not a replacement or substitute for the formal posting of regulations and updates or existing processes for receiving formal feedback of the same. Links provided on this blog will direct the reader to official publications, such as the Federal Register, Homeport and the Code of Federal Regulations. These publications remain the official source for regulatory information published by the Coast Guard.