Duplicate Merchant Mariner Credentials (MMCs) may be issued free of charge to mariners whose credentials were lost or destroyed as a result of Hurricane Fiona in Puerto Rico and Hurricane Ian in Florida, the Coast Guard announced today. 

Affected mariners should follow the steps below to obtain an expedited replacement credential:

Mariners must provide a statement of loss to the National Maritime Center (NMC) via fax at (304) 433-3412 or e-mail at [email protected].  The statement should contain:

  • Mariner’s full name
  • Mariner’s date of birth
  • Mariner’s reference number (MRN) (if you don’t know the MRN, include the mariner’s Social Security number)
  • The mailing address that the replacement credential should be sent to
  • Current phone number and/or e-mail address that the NMC can use to contact the mariner with questions, if necessary
  • Description of the circumstances surrounding the loss/destruction of the credential.

Unless otherwise requested, any duplicate MMCs issued per the request process above will include a corresponding Medical Certificate, if previously issued. The Coast Guard will make every effort to have duplicate credentials mailed out the next business day. Alternatively, mariners may submit form CG-719B, Application for Merchant Mariner Credential, to one of the Regional Exam Centers with the information above. If a credential is unserviceable due to damage or a lost credential is subsequently found, that credential should be mailed to the NMC.

For questions or feedback regarding duplicate credentials, please contact the NMC via its Online Chat or Ticketing System, by e-mailing [email protected], or by calling (888) IASKNMC (427-5662).