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OUPV/Six-Pack Requirements

Make sure you meet all the requirements by the time you submit your application packet to the Coast Guard to be issued an OUPV/Six-Pack license.

The USCG Operator of Uninspected Passenger Vessels (OUPV/Six-Pack) allows the holder to carry up to six paying passengers on uninspected vessels up to 100 gross tons (about 75-90 feet long). These are usually smaller vessels that normally engage in charter fishing, SCUBA diving, or tour cruises. As such, these vessels are limited to six paying passengers plus one crew - hence the term "Six-Pack."

 

Note: The OUPV is issued in 3 versions based on your boating experience. 

 

The OUPV License is issued in three forms:

  • OUPV Inland: The OUPV Inland license is restricted to operation shoreward of the boundary line, excluding the Great Lakes. 
    • This license requires at least 360 days of documented experience in the operation of vessels, with 90 of the 360 days occurring in the last three years. 
  • OUPV Near Coastal: This license allows the holder to operate on US inland waterways and up to 100 miles offshore. 
    • This license requires at least 360 days of documented experience in the operation of vessels, 90 of which must be gained seaward of the boundary line. Ninety of the 360 days must be in the last three years. 
  • OUPV Near Coastal with Great Lakes: This license allows the holder to operate on US inland water ways, on the Great Lakes, and up to 100 miles offshore. 
    • This license requires at least 360 days of documented experience in the operation of vessels, 90 of which must be gained on the Great Lakes. Ninety of the 360 days must be in the last three years. 

Note: Experience gained prior to the age of 16 will not be counted.

 

Sea Service experience can be counted on your own vessel. A Small Vessel Sea Service Form and proof of ownership are required. Experience on other people's vessels can also be counted. In this instance, to verify experience claimed and vessel details, a completed Sea Service Form with the owner's signature must accompany the application.

 

Additional Requirements Include:

  • Minimum Age: 18 years old
  • Legal to work in the US
  • Pass a Physical Examination
  • Pass a Drug Test
    • Unless enrolled in a USCG - approved random drug testing program for the last 180 days, and with no failure or refusal to participate in a chemical test for dangerous drugs.
  • Obtain Transportation Workers Identification Credential (TWIC Card)
  • Adult CPR/ Basic First Aid Training
  • Completion of MLS OUPV program
  • Complete a USCG Original License Application Package

Note: No testing at the USCG Regional Exam Centers is necessary. All testing is done through our company! 

 

Upon successful completion of the Mariners Learning System™ online OUPV/Six-Pack course, the student studies the materials and takes a proctored exam ONLINE with us.

 

Once the student passes our multiple choice exam, they will receive a Mariners Learning System™ certificate recognized by the United States Coast Guard.

Simply submit, within one year, the original certificate along with your application package and applicable fees to the USCG Regional Exam Center. Upon their approval of your package, they will send you your original License.