LICENSING ALERT: Replacing credentials lost due to Harvey, Irma

The following is the text of a news release from the National Maritime Center (NMC):

(MARTINSBURG, W.Va.) — In accordance with federal regulations, duplicate Merchant Mariner Credentials may be issued free of charge to mariners whose credentials were lost or destroyed as a result of Hurricane Harvey or Hurricane Irma. Mariners should follow the steps below to obtain an expedited replacement credential:

Provide a statement of loss to the National Maritime Center via fax at 1-304-433-3412 or via e-mail at The statement should contain the following:

• Mariner’s full name
• Mariner’s date of birth
• Mariner’s reference number (MRN). If you don’t know the reference number, include the Social Security number.
• The mailing address that the replacement credential should be sent to.
• Current phone number and/or e-mail address that we can use to contact the mariner in the event of questions.
• Description of the circumstances surrounding the loss/destruction of the credential.

Unless otherwise requested, any duplicate Merchant Mariner Credentials issued per the request process above will include a corresponding medical certificate, if previously issued. We will make every effort to have duplicate credentials mailed out the next business day.

Alternatively, mariners may submit form CG-719B, Application for Merchant Mariner Credential, to one of the Regional Exam Centers with the information above. If your credential is unserviceable due to damage or your lost credential is subsequently found, that credential should be mailed to the National Maritime Center.

If you have questions or feedback regarding duplicate credentials, contact the National Maritime Center via the online chat or ticketing system, by e-mailing, or by calling 1-888-IASKNMC (1-888-427-5662).

By Professional Mariner Staff