Types of Licenses offered
Terms to Know:
(The following terms will help you understand the License explanations below)
Day of Sea Time One day consists of a minimum of 4 hours underway (not at the dock or anchor!)
Uninspected Vessel A vessel which does not require inspection from the USCG but meets
CFR “C” regs.
Inspected Vessel A vessel which requires annual inspection by the Coast Guard.
Meets CFR “T” regs.
Routing The licenses are applicable on Inland waters, Near Coastal or both.
Your experience will determine the waters you qualify for.
Inland waters Waters shoreward of Demarcation lines.
Examples: Puget Sound, Columbia River, Great Lakes, most harbors.
Waters seaward of Demarcation lines.
Examples: All coastal waters around the U.S., most foreign waters.
Gross Tonnage The CG uses this type of vessel measurement to determine the
scope of your license. see Gross Tonnage Form
The Operator of Uninspected Passenger Vessels allows you to take six or fewer passengers
for hire on uninspected vessels up to 100 gross tons. This is an excellent license for delivery
work or running your
own vessel for charter. Sailing vessels are included with the OUPV.
• 360 days experience on Inland or Near Coastal waters
• 90 days (of the 360 total) must be within the last 3 years
• 90 days (of the 360 total) on Great Lakes to obtain a Great Lakes routing Sea Time
• 90 days (of the 360 total) on Near Coastal waters to obtain a Near Coastal routing.
Master Licenses allow you to take an unlimited number of passengers on inspected vessels.
They have tonnage limitations and are issued in 25 ton increments up to 100 tons depending
on your experience and sea time evaluation. A sailing endorsement is required for operation
sailboats under a master
• Same requirements as OUPV with the following additions:
• 45 of the 90 day recency requirement in the last 3 years must be on vessels at the tonnage you are applying for.
• Tonnage is awarded by the size of vessel on which a minimum of 90 days are on the tonnage you are applying for (25, 50 or 100 tons).
• For a Near Coastal route, you need 720 total days with at least 360 of these on Near Coastal waters.
• For a sailing endorsement, minimum of 180 days on sailing vessels
Sailing endorsements are available for your Masters License if you meet the above qualifications.
This is not a separate License, but is added to your license at the time of issuance. USMA is approved to offer
Sailing endorsements in class using our own curriculum and materials.
Commercial Assistance Towing
A Commercial Assistance Towing endorsement may be added to both your OUPV and Masters
License. This allows you to be compensated for towing disabled vessels etc. It also is required
if you wish to work on the various "vessel assist" programs. USMA's curriculum
prepares you for this endorsement and offers it right in class.