Frequently Asked Questions
The National Maritime Center charges a fee for your Captain's License also know as your Merchant Mariner Credential (MMC) to be issued.
We have put together this fee schedule and FAQ sheet in an effort to answer the most common questions that we receive on this topic.
When paying fees, we recommend utilizing Pay.gov. Make sure that your payment receipt is included as part of your application packet when submitting it to your local Regional Exam Center.
Question: I am applying for a credential. How do I know what amount to pay?
When submitting your payment, you must ensure it is for the exact amount required. Here is a breakdown of licensing costs for Mariners Learning System students:
Question: I am applying for more than one endorsement. Will I be required to pay for each?
Regardless of the number of endorsements requested, only one evaluation fee and one issuance fee will be required. The required evaluation fee is determined based on the cost of the highest endorsement you are requesting.
Question: What forms of payment are accepted?
The preferred method to make your payment is through Pay.gov. If paying via Pay.gov, be sure to send in a copy of your payment receipt. If you prefer to pay in-person at a Regional Exam Center (REC), you can pay by check, credit card, or money order. The majority of RECs are no longer able to process cash payments—please be prepared to use another method of payment. Payments submitted by mail may NOT be made in cash.
Question: I want to pay by check/money order and mail it to the REC. To whom do I address the check?
If paying by check or money order, write U.S. Coast Guard in the “Pay to the order of” line. On the “Memo” line write your full name and mariner reference number OR the last four digits of your social security number. Checks mailed to an REC for an incorrect amount will be returned to the applicant with a request for the correct amount.