Ask and you shall recieve! As reported earlier, the USCG has been working on a service allowing mariners to download a traditional 8×11 paper license that is suitable for printing and framing. Well now it’s here! U.S. Licensed Merchant Mariners can now go to the USCG Homeport website to download their very own paper license, just like we used to do in the old days (circa May 2009!).
Since the release of the Merchant Mariner Credential final rule, which consolidated the previously issued licenses, Merchant Mariner Documents and STCW certificates into a single passport-style Merchant Mariner Credential (MMC), licensed mariners have not been able to recieve the traditional paper license as a symbol of ones professional achievement and status.
You can now download you Merchant Mariner Credential by following THIS LINK to the USCG Homeport webisite.
While this new service seems to be a step in the right direction, there is one catch; the printouts are suitable for display only!
Our Co-Founder, John Konrad, did a test run of the service today and was not able to print, or even, view his license. Instead he got a chance to print the following error message: