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  • Sarah Herard

Medical Certificate Application: Demystifying submission requirements

Updated: Jun 30, 2018

Beginning on February 1, 2018 a single submission requirement has changed for applying for a medical certificate. To clarify this change - you can now submit the medical certificate application i.e. CG-719K directly to the National Maritime Center.

To apply for or renew your medical certificate, all you need to do is complete form CG-719K and attach it to an email addressed to, put your full name in the subject line and send

If you are applying for an original license, renewal, or upgrade, the rest of your application package must be sent to a Regional Exam Center.

I’m optimistic that this small change is a good thing for mariners – it essentially means that your physical form (CG-719K) can skip over some of the red tape and jump right to the medical evaluator, so that when the rest of your package gets to the National Maritime Center, it will likely have less delay while your medical is evaluated. Another perk is that your confidential medical information passes through fewer hands.

This being said, if you want to keep your paperwork all together, the Regional Examination Centers will continue to accept medical certificate application submissions as well.

To recap directly from the National Maritime Center:

"The requirements for submission have not changed with the exception that, beginning on February 1, 2018, submissions to the NMC can be made via e-mail at Electronic submission requirements can be found on the NMC website."