Captain's Licensing Application Process

Merchant Mariner Credential (MMC) Application Process

The National Maritime Center (NMC) is responsible for evaluating and issuing credentials in accordance with the statues and regulations which govern the Merchant Mariner Credentialing (MMC) program.


Once you have passed your final proctored exam and have received your MLS Certificate of Completion, you will be required to submit an application package to the NMC. Although everyone calls the final document a "Captain's License", the NMC refers to it as a Merchant Marine Credential (NMC).


Click this link to view the video: Application Requirements


The MMC application package must be submitted to your local Regional Examination Center (REC) in person, by mail or electronically. Do NOT submit your application package directly to the NMC as this WILL delay your application. If your application is not complete, you may receive and Awaiting Information (AI) email and/or letter requesting more information from the REC.


In most cases, fees are required for MMC transactions and our Captain's License Application Fees page has information on submitting payment, general questions and refunds.


In general, most applications are evaluated for Safety & Suitability, medical and Professional Qualification (Sea Service) items.


After your application has been evaluated and approved you will receive an email and/or letter notification indicating that your license is on its way!