Coast Guard to assist U.S. Virgin Islands mariners with fingerprinting for merchant mariner applications

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico – A Coast Guard Regional Exam Center REC representative will visit Saint Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands Dec. 17 and 18 to assist mariners with fingerprinting and application packages for merchant mariner’s documents, licenses and certificates of registry.

The REC representative will meet with mariners by appointment only, Dec. 17 and 18 from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Coast Guard’s Marine Safety Detachment, Saint Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands.

Mariners in need of fingerprinting and application assistance must contact the Coast Guard Sector San Juan Licensing Monitoring Unit, at (787) 729-2368 to schedule an appointment. Spaces are limited and will be filled on a first-come-first-serve basis.

Mariners requesting fingerprinting services must provide a complete application and two forms of valid identification, at least one of them must have a photograph. Among the most common types of identification are, U.S. or U.S. territory issued drivers license, passport or original birth certificate. Expired documents will not be accepted means of identification by the REC representative.

For additional information on other valid forms of identification contact the Coast Guard Sector San Juan Licensing Monitoring Unit at (787) 729-2368.

Mariners in need of a new or renewed license should apply either in person at any Regional Examination Center or they can apply by mail following the criteria established under 46 C.F.R. 12.02-27.e.3. A list of regional examination locations is available through the Coast Guard web-site at http:///www.uscg.mil/nmc.

Any applicant who cannot be accommodated for an appointment during the REC’s representative visit to St. Thomas and is also unable to apply by mail, should then plan to apply in person and call a REC for an appointment at their most convenient and available location.

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