What are the requirements to get a Masters captain’s license?
Although the necessary boating experience required for each version of the Masters license varies, the basic minimum requirements are the same:
- Obtain a Transportation Workers Identification Credential (TWIC Card)
- Minimum age: 19 years old
- U.S. Citizenship
- Pass a physical examination
- Pass a DOT drug test unless enrolled in a USCG-approved random drug program for the last 185 days, and with no failure or refusal to participate in a chemical test for dangerous drugs.
- Adult CPR/Basic First Aid training
- Complete a USCG Original License Application Package
Finally, you will need to complete the Mariners Learning System Coast Guard approved 25/50 or 100 Ton Masters course.
Take a moment to review our one-minute e-guide on obtaining the Masters license.
What are the sea requirements for the Masters Inland/OUPV Inland?
A minimum of 360 days would be required to become Masters Inland/OUPV Inland licensed. Ninety (90) of those days need to be done in the last three years. The Coast Guard calls that recency. You can self-certify your time on the water for your own vessel.
Here is a link to a video that will clarify the sea service requirement.
What are the sea requirements for the Masters Inland/OUPV Near Coastal?
The sea service requirements for the Masters Inland/OUPV Near Coastal are a minimum of 360 days underway experience since age 16; 90 of those 360 days in the last 3 years; 90 of those 360 days outside the boundary lines.
What are the sea requirements for the Masters Near Coastal?
A Masters Near Coastal License would require a minimum of 720 days underway experience since age 16; 90 of those 720 days in the last 3 years; 360 of those 720 days outside the boundary lines.