USCG License Renewal

Your USCG captain’s license must be renewed every five years. You can apply for renewal of your captain’s license up to one year before the expiry date. After expiry of your captain’s license, you have one year grace period in which to renew your license. You are not allowed to operate under the authority of the license during the grace period.

Submit the following documentation to your USCG regional exam center, along with photo identification, to apply for renewal of your USCG captain’s license:

  • Merchant Mariner Credential (MMC) Application Form (CG-719B)
  • Copy of your current license (front & back)
  • Copy of a valid OR expired CPR & First aid card
  • Copy of TWIC card
  • Conviction Disclosure Statement (if convicted of anything) (CG-719C)
  • Small Vessel Sea Service Form (CG-719S) (You should have 360 days of sea service within the last five years. You can also take a one-day renewal class in lieu of sea time.)
  • Medical Form (CG-719K)
  • DOT/USCG Drug Testing Form (CG-719P)
  • Receipt of payment (you can pay applicable fees at

If you fail to renew your license within a year after it has expired, you will have to retake the captain’s license examination.

Make sure to also read our Ultimate Captain’s License Guide!

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