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    Default MCA to USCG Licence

    Hi,
    I'm an expat Brit now living in Texas. I hold a UK 2nd mates licence unlimited and my question is - I have recently heard it's now possible to do a "crossover" and get a uscg 2nd mate unlimited licence (it never used to be possible).
    Does anybody know where I could go to get more information on this? I've been looking for a long time including the uscg website but cannot find any relevant info..... thanks
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    Default Re: MCA to USCG Licence

    It is my understanding that because of the Jones Act, the only USCG license a non-citizen can hold is OUPV for vessels w/out federal documentation, 46CFR11.201(d). You may hold any rating, however, so you could qualify for A/B Unlimited, Tankerman, etc. with your UK seatime & if you have a grandfathered DPO certificate, you could run a DP desk if someone else were OICNW.

    USCG licenses will "crossover" to MCA, but you still must do oral exam and can crossover only once; but an MCA license holder who is a US citizen would still need to go thru the entire USCG licensing process, including exams, tho foreign sea service would still count.


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    Hi,
    I'm an expat Brit now living in Texas. I hold a UK 2nd mates licence unlimited and my question is - I have recently heard it's now possible to do a "crossover" and get a uscg 2nd mate unlimited licence (it never used to be possible).
    Does anybody know where I could go to get more information on this? I've been looking for a long time including the uscg website but cannot find any relevant info..... thanks
    Steve
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    Default Re: MCA to USCG Licence

    Did you try calling the NMC? 1-888-427-5662.
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    Default Re: MCA to USCG Licence

    You must be a U.S. Citizen to obtain any endorsement over OUPV (for state registered vessel). We call this a "six-pack" license, which is for small vessels carrying 6 or less passengers for hire. If you are a "permanent resident", you can be issued "ratings endorsements" such as Able Seaman etc. IF you are a U.S. Citizen, the Coast Guard will approve you for a 'crossover', but the other issue is that the training courses don't necessarily crossover. I've helped a few clients that have been naturalized citizens and we have had issues with training courses. You won't find any relevant information on NMC's web site with respect to crossing over.
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