The U.S. Coast Guard issued the following news release on February 5. It can also be viewed here.
Direct Submission of Medical Certificate Applications to the NMC
To continuously improve our service to mariners, the Coast Guard has established a new option for submission of medical certificate applications (CG-719K and CG-719KE forms). Beginning February 1, 2018, mariners may submit medical certificate only applications directly to the National Maritime Center (NMC). Regional Examination Centers (RECs) will continue to accept medical certificate application submissions as well.
The requirements for submission have not changed with the exception that, beginning on February 1, 2018, submissions to the NMC can be made via email. Electronic submission requirements can be found on the NMC website.
At this time, direct submission to the NMC is only for the medical certificate application. Applications for a Merchant Mariner Credential (CG-719B/MMC) cannot be submitted directly to the NMC. Any emailed application for an MMC, with or without a medical certificate application, made directly to the NMC will be deleted and the applicant will get an email response with directions on how to resubmit their application to an REC.
Kirsten R. Martin
Captain, U.S. Coast Guard
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