New MMC Booklet Design (3/16)


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The following news release was issued by the National Maritime Center (NMC) on March 16. Images of the new design are available on the NMC website.


New Merchant Mariner Credential Booklets


The National Maritime Center (NMC) has been working with the Government Printing Office to refresh the Merchant Mariner Credential (MMC) booklet. The new design is complete, and the supply of the current MMCs is being depleted. The NMC will begin to issue the updated MMC when the supply of current booklets is exhausted, likely within the next week. The new MMCs feature an improved layout with graphic images of historic lighthouses, the Eads Bridge, the Merchant Marine Emblem, and a first-order Fresnel lens. Additionally, the cover of the MMC has been stiffened for greater durability.

All currently active credentials will remain valid until their printed expiration dates. There will be no change to endorsement labels that are issued as a result of an application for a raise of grade or increase in scope of a valid MMC.

Check the NMC website periodically for updated information. If you have questions or feedback regarding the new MMC, please contact the NMC by using our Online Chat or Ticketing system, by e-mail at, or by calling 1-888-IASKNMC (1-888-427-5662).


Jeffrey P. Novotny
Captain, U.S. Coast Guard
Commanding Officer




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