TRLMI has helpful application packets that we put together for students, with a checklist of what to submit, the official USCG forms, and instructions on how to submit your application documents to the US Coast Guard National Maritime Center. Please see below. These packets are based off of the USCG National Maritime Center requirements, and may not be all-inclusive for the endorsement(s) you are applying or your unique situation. We always advise that you refer to the National Maritime Center for the most up-to-date and official guidelines: https://www.dco.uscg.mil/nmc/merchant_mariner_credential/
Original Credential Application Packet
Original Credential- Entry Level MMC (NO licenses/ratings/endorsements)
Credential Renewal Application Packet (renewal ONLY if credential has not passed the 1-year grace period after expiration date)
Renewal of Entry Level MMC (NO licenses/ratings/endorsements)
Credential Reinstatement Application Packet (reinstatement of National credential that has expired past the 1-year grace period)
Credential Upgrade Application Packet (raise of grade, increase in scope, or adding endorsement to credential)
How-To's & Helpful Information
USCG Forms (Individual)
You must submit your USCG credential application documents all together as one package, via mail or email, to a Regional Exam Center (REC) for evaluation. It is important that you provide the REC with a complete application package in order to avoid delay. Instructions on how to submit everything are on the National Maritime Center website. The link to the REC information is: https://www.dco.uscg.mil/nmc/recs/
REC's screen all applications, administer examinations, conduct oversight of USCG-Approved Courses, and support community outreach programs.
Merchant Mariner Credential (MMC) Application Process
Step 1: TWIC
Step 2: Submit a Complete Application to a USCG Regional Exam Center (REC)
Step 3: Transit from REC to NMC
Step 4: Application Evaluated
Step 5: Credential Printed
Step 6: Credential Mailed
Training Resources Maritime Institute, TRLMI, offers one-on-one credential & consulting services. Our services are for both new mariners learning to navigate the credential process, and the professional mariner renewing or upgrading their credentials. We can provide guidance on career paths or just review your documents to make sure your information is in compliance with the United States Coast Guard (USCG) National Maritime Center (NMC) applicable regulations and policies. Note that all information for credentialing and submission of paperwork is available on the NMC website, and our services are not required in order to submit paperwork on your own. Choose the service that best fits your needs or speak with a TRLMI team member who can help determine the best services for your situation.
For a list of all TRLMI's credential services as well as prices, click here
Services can be provided in-person or by telephone and email.