Great Lakes Pilotage Division


The Office of Great Lakes Pilotage  (CG-WWM-2) develops clear and timely regulations, policy and direction to three U.S. pilot associations to provide safe, efficient, and reliable pilotage service to US vessels operating under registry and foreign vessels transiting the Saint Lawrence and Great Lakes system.

Coast Guard Forms
***Application for Registration as a United States Registered Pilot (Form CG-4509 (08/25)).  Please request a current copy of the Form CG-4509 at HQS-SMB-CG-WWM2-GreatLakesPilotage.

Application Medical Certificate Form CG-719K (03/21)

Great Lakes Pilotage Modernization


Published Modernization NPRM

Pilot Association Monthly Reports



   D1 Monthly Report                     D2 Monthly Report                           D3 Monthly Report

D1 Financial Statement             D2 Financial Statement                   D3 Financial Statement



Any previous ratemaking publications can be requested from the Great Lakes Pilotage Office

Great Lakes Pilotage Advisory Committee (GLPA)

Congress established the Great Lakes Pilotage Advisory Committee in the Coast Guard Authorization Act of 1998.  The Committee was established to make recommendations to the Secretary on matters relating to Great Lakes pilotage, including review of proposed Great Lakes pilotage regulations and policies.  The Committee operates under the authority of 46 United States Code 9307.

Public Meeting Notice TBD

Next GLPAC meeting: TBD

Location: TBD

POC: Frank Levesque, 202-372-2671,

GLPAC Transcript 9-7-2023

GLPAC Transcript 9-7-2023 Summary/minutes

Any transcripts of previous GLPAC meetings can be requested from the Great Lakes Pilotage Office.

Governing Statute and Regulations
Shared Responsibility with Canada
•   Memorandum of Understanding with Canadian Great Lakes Pilotage Authority (2013)
Contact Us


The Great Lakes Pilotage Office can be contacted at: HQS-SMB-CG-WWM2-GreatLakesPilotage


U.S. Coast Guard (CG-WWM-2)
2703 Martin Luther King Jr Ave SE
Stop 7509
Washington, DC 20593