Due to ongoing COVID-19 safety and health concerns and technical constraints, the processing of mariner appeals has been delayed.
The National Maritime Center has released a notice outlining operational changes due to COVID-19.
5/6/2019: Mitigation efforts due to lapse in fiscal year 2019 appropriations and partial government shutdown
Due to a continued backlog of credential applications and increased net processing time of both mariner credential applications and medical certificate applications caused by the lapse in appropriations and shutdown of National Maritime Center operations, several updated actions are being taken. These actions involve merchant mariner credentials and certain medical certificates.