Requests for Reconsideration of Medical Denials

Denial of Medical Certification Recourse

In accordance with 46 CFR 1.03–40, you may request reconsideration of this decision. Your request for reconsideration should address any possible errors, provide new facts or information, and/or provide extenuating circumstances in order to mitigate the decision.

The request for reconsideration must be made in writing and postmarked no later than 30 days after the date of the denial letter.

The request for reconsideration will be reviewed and the applicant will be notified that the NMC has either:

(1) reversed/modified the initial decision, or

(2) upheld the decision to deny your application. If you disagree with the reconsideration decision, then you may make a formal appeal to the Director of Prevention Policy (CG-5P) at Coast Guard Headquarters within 30 days of the date of the reconsideration denial letter.

While a request for reconsideration is pending, the original decision or action remains in effect unless otherwise stayed. Failure to submit a formal request for reconsideration in accordance with the noted procedures and time limits will result in the decision or action becoming final agency action. It is recommended you retain copies of all material you send with any request for reconsideration. Attach a copy of the denial letter received to any documentation you provide to the NMC in response to the notification.

Requests for Reconsideration of Medical Denials

A team of qualified physicians reviews all reconsideration requests to determine if your eligibility has changed. Reconsideration Approvals: Reconsideration approvals will be forwarded to the Professional Qualifications Evaluation (PQE) division for processing of your merchant mariner credential, if applicable. A medical waiver may be included with your medical certificate (see Medical Waivers)