From time to time, the Coast Guard's publishes Notices of Public Rulemaking and Final Rules applicable to merchant mariner credentialing.  These can be found in the Federal Register in accordance with the applicable laws and regulations.  This is so that "interested persons are given an opportunity to participate in the rule making through submission of written data, views, or arguments with or without opportunity for oral presentation. After consideration of the relevant matter presented, the agency shall incorporate in the rules adopted a concise general statement of their basis and purpose."

At this time, the Coast Guard's Office of Merchant Mariner Credentialing is seeking public comment on the following rulemakings and policies:


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For access to the docket to read documents or comments related to these notices, go to, type in the docket number in the “Search” box, press Enter, and then click on the item you wish to view or make a comment about.


The meeting notices for MERPAC and MEDMAC will not be found above, but instead under the appropriate menu tabs to the left and comments should be directed according to information found there.

In addition, "Each agency shall give an interested person the right to petition for the issuance, amendment, or repeal of a rule."  If you believe that a specific regulation regarding the credentialing of mariners should be added, changed or deleted, please contact the Office of Merchant mariner Credentialing using the information provided un the Contact Us tab on the left.