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Requirements you must fulfill to qualify for a USCG OUPV License besides taking the course

Application - You must submit an application (CG-719B) to the Coast Guard.

Age - An applicant must be 18 years old to apply for the Operator of Uninspected Passenger Vessels license.  You must supply proof of age.

Qualifying sea service (form CG 719S)
i) Applicants for an OUPV license need 360 days experience in the operation of vessels including 90 days service on ocean or coastwise vessels.
ii) Of the above service, at least 90 days must have been obtained in the past three years prior to submission of your application.
iii) Owners of vessels may attest to their own service as long as proof of ownership is provided.


Physical condition - Each application for an original license must include an original physical examination report (form CG 719K) completed by a U.S. licensed physician, physician's assistant or nurse practitioner within one year of the application.

Drug testing - All applicants must pass a drug test approved by USCG. Individuals may obtain the required drug screening paperwork from The Maritime Consortium, Inc. Phone # 1.800.775.6985, ext. 102 , Monday – Friday, 9AM to 5PM. www.drugfreevessel.com.


Written professional examination – Taken either as part of the course or at Coast Guard Facilities

Citizenship - Applicants for an original Master’s license must present acceptable proof of U.S. citizenship such as ORIGINAL birth certificate or passport.

Character - For original applicants, three written, notarized recommendations attesting to the applicant's suitability for a Coast Guard License must be submitted.

First aid/CPR - All applicants for an original license must present an original certificate indicating completion of a first aid/CPR course within the past 12 months.

Social security card - Evidence of having a Social Security Number must be submitted.

Fingerprints - All applicants seeking an original license or a renewal are required (as of January 13, 2006) to present themselves at a Regional Exam Center along with adequate identification and be fingerprinted.

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