A U.S. COAST GUARD LICENSE MUST BE
RENEWED EVERY 5 YEARS
A U.S. Coast Guard license can be renewed any time prior
to its expiration date.
There are 3 different ways to renew a license as long as it has not
expired over a year.
Show 360 day of operation since your last issuance.
Take a very difficult Coast Guard exam.
Attend a 1 Day Renewal/Refresher Course that meets the requirements
Each require you to submit a physical (current 1 year) and a drug test (current 6 months or a Notice of Compliance from your Mariner's drug testing consortium.)
SeaSchool is approved by the Coast Guard (under 4G CFR 10.227) to teach an online Renewal/Refresher course for Deck Licenses up to 200 tons. A short quiz at the end of the online class will conclude the course. SeaSchool will then issue a certificate of completion.
This certificate is mailed to the Coast Guard along with your application. The Coast Guard then mails your new license to you.
After your license expires there is one year grace period during which you can renew your license. However, during that time
the license may not be used.
Coast Guard Application
Evidence of a TWIC Card
You do NOT need First Aid and CPR to renew your license.
Topics overed in this online course:
Rules of the Road
Aids to Navigation
Up to Masters 200 GRT