Step by Step Guide for Renewing Your Merchant Mariner Credentials (license, MMD, STCW-95)

The new "passport style" merchant mariner credential.

By now, most professional mariners are familiar with the US Coast Guard’s new “passport style” credential that consolidates the previous issuance of a paper license (licensed officers), STCW-95 certificate, and merchant mariner document (MMD or Z-Card) issued to American Merchant Marines.

The challenge for most mariners looking to renew their license and associated documents has been figuring out what exactly they need to do to renew their license under the new system.

Fortunately, the USCG has provided an excellent document/presentation on how to do this. To download this excellent tool, simply click here.

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