Mariner Credentials Lost in the Mail? Here’s How to Lower Risks, NMC Says

Mariner Credentials Lost in the Mail? Here’s How to Lower Risks, NMC Says

It could take as many as 21 days for mariners to receive their completed credentials through the mail from the National Maritime Center, and without being able to track them, credentials could be lost or returned. In a March 20 announcement, the National Maritime Center reminded mariners of ways to lower the risk of lost credentials. One is to check the mariner’s address for accuracy and legibility. If the address changes after submitting the application, call the Customer Service Center at 1-888-IASKNMC (427-5662) as soon as possible. Another is to look into expedited mailing options. E-mailing one’s application is preferable,…
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National Maritime Center Now Accepting Electronically Signed Documents

National Maritime Center Now Accepting Electronically Signed Documents

In an effort to improve services for mariners, the National Maritime Center can now accept electronic signatures on CG-719 series forms and all supporting documentation for merchant mariner credentials, medical certificates and course approvals, the NMC announced Jan. 23. Mariner applicants may use software-generated electronic signatures such as Microsoft Word, and Adobe Acrobat on CG-719 forms and other supporting materials including, “but not limited to, sea service, assessments, mariner training documentation and qualified assessor and designated examiner requests,” according to the NMC. “E-mailing your application and e-signing your documents is the preferred method for submission,” according to NMC.  However, any…
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