OUPV/Six-Pack: Requirements

Minimum Requirements for OUPV/Six-Pack License: TWIC Card, Age, Physical Exam, Drug Test, Etc.

What are the OUPV/Six-Pack captain’s license requirements?   

The basic minimum requirements for getting an OUPV/Six-Pack captain’s license are: 

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  • Obtain a Transportation Workers Identification Credential (TWIC Card)  
  • Minimum age: 18 years old  
  • Pass a Physical Examination  
  • Pass a DOT 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.  To Do List
  • Adult CPR/Basic First Aid training  
  • Complete a USCG Original License Application Package  
  • Minimum of 360 days of boating experience. Ninety of these days must have occurred in the last three years. The Coast Guard calls this recency. 

Finally, pass a USCG-approved OUPV/Six-Pack course like the one offered by Mariners Learning System. 


What sea service time is required for an OUPV/Six-Pack license?   

You need to have at least 360 days since age 16: 90 days in the last three years. For the Near Coastal, 90 days seaward of the boundary line, and for the Great Lakes, 90 days on the Great Lakes.   


Do I need to be a U.S. citizen to obtain my Six-Pack license?   

You do not need to be a U.S. citizen to obtain your Six-Pack license. However, you need to be legal to work in the U.S.