What are the OUPV/Six-Pack captain’s license requirements?
The basic minimum requirements for getting an OUPV/Six-Pack captain’s license are:
- 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.
- Adult CPR/Basic First Aid training
- Complete a USCG Original License Application Package
- Minimum of 360 days 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.