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Top medical certificate “awaiting information” reasons in 2021

From Captain Bradley Clare,
Commanding Officer, National Maritime Center (NMC)

The National Maritime Center (NMC) receives more than 50,000 applications annually from U.S. Merchant Mariners applying for medical certificates.  On average, over 10 percent of those applications are missing information, which causes delays in processing and frustration for mariners.  As a reminder, the NMC previously published Common Errors Mariners Make When Submitting CG-719K (04/17), which remains valid, and will not accept incomplete medical certificate applications.

A total of 7,882 awaiting information (AI) reasons were issued in 2021 for medical certificate applications.  Below are the general and specific reasons that mariners will receive an AI letter for medical certificate applications:

General Reasons:
Top reasons include:

Specific Reasons:
NOTE:  All section and page information in this section is referring to form CG-719K.

NOTE:  If color vision testing failed, to avoid processing delay, put handwritten note in this section that indicates the applicant’s ability to distinguish red, green, blue, and yellow; and by which method.

If you have questions regarding completion of the CG-719K, feel free to contact the NMC Help Desk at 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.

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