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MSC Maritime Employment Resources

Helpful information regarding maritime employment with MSC

Merchant Mariners Credential (MMC)

The Merchant Mariner Credential is issued by the United States Coast Guard’s National Maritime Center and is documentation of a mariner’s approved endorsements. You must have at least 10 months remaining before your MMC’s expiration date to apply with MSC. This document is required to apply for all of our seagoing positions as it tells us what duties you’re capable of performing and which positions you’re best suited for. Be aware that although a Transportation Worker’s Identification Credential (TWIC) is no longer required for employment, you must have your TWIC before you can begin the process of applying for your MMC (more information below).

Merchant Mariner Credential Application  – Download the instructions and application for obtaining your MMC.

Locations of Regional Examination Centers – The Coast Guard has nationwide RECs where MMC applications are processed and credentials are issued.  These are specific instructions on how to submit your applications electronically to one of these office.

Military to Mariner – MARAD has created a program to specifically for transitioning military interested in obtaining an MMC.

Learn more by visiting the FAQ page on the MMC process.


A valid U.S. passport is required documentation for MSC’s application process. You must have at least 7 months remaining before your expiration date. To renew your passport visit the following link. 

Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) and/or Department of Defense Common Access Card (CAC)

A TWIC and/or CAC provides U.S. maritime workers unescorted access to secure areas of port facilities and vessels. Your TWIC and/or CAC must have a minimum of ten months remaining prior to expiration in order to apply for all seagoing positions with MSC. Additionally, you will need to obtain a TWIC in order to begin the application process for your Merchant Mariner Credential (MMC). To apply for a TWIC, visit one of the 140 registration offices located throughout the U.S.

Learn more by visiting the FAQ page on the TWIC process.

 Training School Search

Having relevant seagoing experience will improve your chances of getting hired with MSC. If you’re an entry level prospect looking to “get your feet wet” or a current Merchant Marine interested in obtaining new skills for higher MMC endorsements, visit our Training School Search to find a school near you.

Other Resources

Frequently Asked Questions
Relevant Military Sea Service Chart