The application checklist is a list of items that constitute an application for a U. S. Coast Guard Merchant Mariner Credential, aka captain's license. The only thing not on this checklist is CPR and First Aid. The check list is a good tool to keep track of which forms you have completed and which you still need to complete. Video Tutorial
Filling out the application form is a good place to start your paperwork it is used for all Coast Guard credentials including original licenses, renewals, upgrades, and endorsements. If you click on the read more link below the form is explained section by section. Video Tutorial
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To qualify for a captain's license the coast guard requires you have a minimum number of days on the water, how many days is dependent on the license which you wish to earn. A Small Vessel Sea Service Form is where you document your time on the water to the best of your recollection. If the time is on a boat you own, you sign the form and provide proof of ownership. If the time was on someone else's boat, you must have them sign your form.
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A medical review officer certified by the USCG must fill out the medical review form. You can find one in your area by visiting www.mrocc.com this web site lets you search medical review officers by location. You can also call walk in clinics around your area and ask them over the phone if their physicians are medical review officers, most will know what you are talking about.
Usually, this form is completed at the same time you get your physical examination report completed. The facility will be able to drug test you and send it to a lab for results. This form may be used to satisfy requirements for "Periodic Drug Testing". If you participate in a USCG "random or pre-employment drug test program" this form may not be necessary. (See page two of the form for details)
You need to go to a notary, read the oath; print (name), sign, and date the form in front of them. The notary fills in their part of the form and seals it. This completed form takes the place of completing section VI of the Application with a Coast Guard official. Video Tutorial
You need three character references to complete section four of your application for an original license. Complete this character reference form and submit it with your packet. Here is a link to a video tutorial