COVID-19 extensions for MMC renewals expire Oct. 31


(WASHINGTON) — Mariners who had their U.S. Coast Guard merchant mariner credential expire between Nov. 1, 2020, and June 30, 2021 are eligible to renew their MMC until Oct. 31, 2022.

Mariners will need to reinstate their MMC if it is over the one-year grace period after expiration or a mariner is not able to take advantage of the extensions outlined in MSIB Number: 08-20, Change 5.

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“The reinstatement process is a major expense and personal time commitment that mariners shouldn’t have to go through,” said Nate Gilman, co-founder and president of MM-SEAS software. “We completely get how frustrating the entire USCG licensing process can be, and want to make sure mariners know that they have one month left to make their MMC renewal a lot easier and cheaper for themselves.”

Mariners can use MM-SEAS on their own for free or get live expert help for $99 a year. Either way, when a mariner is ready to submit their application, mariners can choose to have the MM-SEAS staff create an application, pay the Coast Guard application fees and work with the Coast Guard on their behalf to resolve any issues for a flat fee of $299, or they can choose to submit on their own.


By Rich Miller