25/50 or 100 Ton Masters Requirements

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:  

Passport
  • Obtain a Transportation Workers Identification Credential (TWIC Card)  
  • Minimum age: 19 years old  
  • U.S. Citizenship  
  • Pass a physical examination Physical 
  • 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.