Merchant Mariner Credential (MMC) Guide

Earning Your Merchant Mariner Credential & Starting the Application Process

For a detailed checklist about the Merchant Mariner Credential (MMC) application process, visit the USCG’s official MMC page.

(1) Take the Necessary Courses

✳ REQUIRED ✳

Basic Safety Training for STCW

40 hours | $1075.00 | Course 1799

  • 16 hours of Basic Fire Fighting
  • 8 hours of First Aid / CPR
  • 12 hours of Personal Survival Techniques
  • 4 hours of Personal Safety & Social Responsibilities

Vessel Personnel with Designated Security Duties (VPDSD)

8 hours | $300.00 | Course 1744

Recommended for DECK DEPARTMENT:

Deck Familiarization

32 hours | $800.00 | Course 1100

Recommended for ENGINEERING DEPARTMENT:

Engineering Familiarization

40 hours | $1000.00 | Course 2700

QMED – Fireman / Oiler / Watertender

160 hours | $3900.00 | Course 2702

(2) Get a Transportation Workers Identification Card (TWIC)

ADDRESS

TWIC Enrollment Center
232 Business Park Drive
Virginia Beach, VA 23462
(757) 490-8630

HOURS OF OPERATION

Monday thru Friday
8:30 AM – 4:30 PM

COST: $125.00

 

VALID for: 5 yrs
WHAT IS A TWIC™ ?

A Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC™) is a biometric credential that ensures only vetted workers are eligible to gain unescorted access to secure areas of a Maritime Transportation Security Act (MTSA)-regulated port or vessel.

Who needs a twic™ ?

Coast Guard-credentialed merchant mariners, port facility employees, longshore workers, truck drivers, and others requiring unescorted access to secure areas of maritime facilities and vessels regulated by the Maritime Transportation Security Act (MTSA)

Should I pre-enroll?

It is not required to pre-enroll, but it would save you time.

What documents do I need to enroll?

List A – One document

  • Unexpired US passport book or passport card
  • Unexpired Merchant Mariner Document (MMD)

List B – Two documents (one of which being a government-issued ID)

  • Unexpired driver’s license
  • Original or certified copy of birth certificate
  • US Military ID card or US Retired Military ID
  • US Military dependent’s card
  • Expired US passport (within 12 months of expiration)
  • US Social Security card
  • US military discharge paper (DD-214)

(2) Get a Merchant Mariner Credential (MMC)

Mid-Atlantic Maritime Academy will assist you in filling out the paperwork to apply to the Coast Guard for the MMC; however, you can also visit the National Maritime Center, United States Coast Guard Web Site: www.uscg.mil/nmc to get information about the application process to become a Merchant Mariner.

The Merchant Mariner Credential or MMC is a credential issued by the United States Coast Guard in accordance with the STCW guidelines to the United States Seafarers to show evidence of a mariner’s qualifications. It is the standard documentation required for all crewmembers of U.S. ships. The effort to combine the mariner credentials was due to the recent requirement for U.S. mariners to obtain the (TWIC), a biometric security card issued by (TSA) that all workers in the transportation industry are required to obtain if their work involves access to a security-sensitive area. This reduces five of the documents needed to satisfy manning requirements down to two: The TWIC and MMC.

Merchant Mariner’s Package:
  • Application (Form CG-719B)
  • Physical Form (Form CG-719K)
  • Drug Test (Form CG-719P)
  • Physical Fitness (Form CG-719K/E) Entry
  • Merchant Mariners Oath (Notarized)
  • Certifications
  • Letters of Recommendation (License Applicants only)
Military Only:
  • Sea Service Letter
  • Page 4/Qualifications (OOD or EOOW)
  • Page 5/Letter (History of Assignments)
  • Drug Letter
  • Evaluations/FITREPS
  • DD-214

Step 1

Take the Necessary Courses

Basic Safety Training for STCW

Course 1799 | 40 hours | $1075

  • 16 hours of Basic Fire Fighting
  • 8 hours of First Aid / CPR
  • 12 hours of Personal Survival Techniques
  • 4 hours of Personal Safety & Social Responsibilities

Vessel Personnel with Designated Security Duties (VPDSD)

8 hours | $300.00 | Course 1744

If you want to work in the DECK DEPARTMENT, take:

Deck Familiarization

32 hours | $800.00 | Course 1100

If you want to work in the ENGINEERING DEPARTMENT, take:

Engineering Familiarization

Course 2700 | 40 hours | $1000

QMED – Fireman / Oiler / Watertender

Course 2702 | 160 hours | $3900

Step 2

Get a Transportation Workers Id Card (TWIC)

ADDRESS

TWIC Enrollment Center
232 Business Park Drive
Virginia Beach, VA 23462
(757) 490-8630

HOURS OF OPERATION

Monday thru Friday
8:30 AM – 4:30 PM

COST: $125.00

 

VALID for: 5 yrs
WHAT IS A TWIC™ ?

A Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC™) is a biometric credential that ensures only vetted workers are eligible to gain unescorted access to secure areas of a Maritime Transportation Security Act (MTSA)-regulated port or vessel.

Who needs a twic™ ?

Coast Guard-credentialed merchant mariners, port facility employees, longshore workers, truck drivers, and others requiring unescorted access to secure areas of maritime facilities and vessels regulated by the Maritime Transportation Security Act (MTSA)

Should I pre-enroll?

It is not required to pre-enroll, but it would save you time.

What documents do I need to enroll?

List A – One document

  • Unexpired US passport book or passport card
  • Unexpired Merchant Mariner Document (MMD)

List B – Two documents (one of which being a government-issued ID)

  • Unexpired driver’s license
  • Original or certified copy of birth certificate
  • US Military ID card or US Retired Military ID
  • US Military dependent’s card
  • Expired US passport (within 12 months of expiration)
  • US Social Security card
  • US military discharge paper (DD-214)

Step 2

Get A MERCHANT MARINER CREDENTIAL (MMC)

Mid-Atlantic Maritime Academy will assist you in filling out the paperwork to apply to the Coast Guard for the MMC; however, you can also visit the National Maritime Center, United States Coast Guard Web Site: www.uscg.mil/nmc to get information about the application process to become a Merchant Mariner.

The Merchant Mariner Credential or MMC is a credential issued by the United States Coast Guard in accordance with the STCW guidelines to the United States Seafarers to show evidence of a mariner’s qualifications. It is the standard documentation required for all crewmembers of U.S. ships. The effort to combine the mariner credentials was due to the recent requirement for U.S. mariners to obtain the (TWIC), a biometric security card issued by (TSA) that all workers in the transportation industry are required to obtain if their work involves access to a security-sensitive area. This reduces five of the documents needed to satisfy manning requirements down to two: The TWIC and MMC.

Merchant Mariner’s Package:
  • Application (Form CG-719B)
  • Physical Form (Form CG-719K)
  • Drug Test (Form CG-719P)
  • Physical Fitness (Form CG-719K/E) Entry
  • Merchant Mariners Oath (Notarized)
  • Certifications
  • Letters of Recommendation (License Applicants only)
Military Only:
  • Sea Service Letter
  • Page 4/Qualifications (OOD or EOOW)
  • Page 5/Letter (History of Assignments)
  • Drug Letter
  • Evaluations/FITREPS
  • DD-214