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.