Update: Coast Guard Mariner Credentialing Program

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Back in July, the Compass posted on the Coast Guard’s Mariner Licensing and Documentation Program, which is now the Mariner Credentialing Program since the various licenses and documents have been consolidated into one passport-style Merchant Mariner Credential (MMC). In that post, we mentioned:

“The NMC (National Maritime Center) is currently surging application processing to clear out any backlog with an end goal of reducing the processing time to 30 days.”

Well, we are proud to report that the backlog has been eliminated. Mariners that meet all of the requirements and submit a complete application package to the Coast Guard are receiving their credentials between 15-20 days from the time they submitted their application.

Since July, the Coast Guard has issued 19,000 credentials to mariners, over 13,000 of these mariners (60%) received their credential within 27 days of submitting their application to the Coast Guard. In the month of September alone, 3,400 mariners received their credentials within 18 days.

For more information on the status of mariner credentialing, read the most recent one-page NMC Monthly Performance Report.

Or, you can watch a live Web cast tomorrow, October 7, at 2 p.m. of RDML Kevin Cook and CAPT David Stalfort’s testimony before the Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Subcommittee on the Qualifications and Credentialing of Mariners.

Tune in to @cuscoastguard, hashtag #uscgnmc for live Tweets as the hearing takes place.

1 comments on “Update: Coast Guard Mariner Credentialing Program”

  1. Dear Admiral Allen,

    BZ – 21 days! Absolutely amazing.

    Sir, I mailed my application for license renewal on Sept 14th to NOLA (my REC) and Oct 5th I received my new MMC in the mail – error free!

    I have no complaints and would just like to thank you and your team for an outstanding job. You can be very proud of Captain Stalforts team at NMC and the REC team in NOLA.

    It was a painless, “cut and dry” process – just follow the check list, review your package and submit it. Everything is available on the NMC website in a user friendly format.

    I have no complaints and would just like to thank the USCG for an outstanding job.

    My only regret is that I don’t know the names of the professionals at the NOLA REC and NMC to personally thank them.

    Again, GREAT job and thank you very much sir.

    Very Respectfully,
    Bruce D. Sarsfield

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