The Coast Guard has published MSIB 08-20 to provide guidance concerning mariner credentials and medical certificates and the action being taken by the Coast Guard due to the novel coronavirus and the disease it causes (COVID-19).
1/9/2019: Nat’l Maritime Center issues updated bulletin regarding lapse in appropriations and mariner credentials
In its updated bulletin, National Maritime Center adds Merchant Mariner Medical Certificates expiring in December 2018 or January 2019 to the list of mariner documents that will be extended through March 31, 2019, due to the lapse in appropriations.
Beginning Feb. 1, 2018, mariners may submit medical certificate only applications (CG-719K and CG-719KE forms) directly to the National Maritime Center. Regional Exam Centers will continue to accept medical certificate applications.