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Charter Boat Captain

A Charter Boat Captain commands a small vessel as a master, captain, or skipper and may contain a sailing endorsement for sailing vessels and/or a commercial towing endorsement for vessels engaged in assistance towing.

Important Information

The tabs below will help you in applying to become a Charter Boat Captain. The type of credential you receive is based upon your experience which includes the following:

  • Total days of service
  • Waters served upon
  • Tonnage of the vessels

The checklists under each tab include the requirements to obtain that credential.


OUPV (6-pack)


National Operator of Uninspected Passenger Vessel (OUPV) of Less Than 100 GRT

This officer endorsement is most appropriate for uninspected passenger vessels which by law are limited to six or less passengers for hire. These are usually smaller vessels and normally engage in charter fishing, whale watching, SCUBA diving, and tour cruises.

OUPV Near Coastal endorsements may be limited to 100 miles offshore, Inland or Great Lakes in accordance with 46 CFR 11.467 and the service provided. No OUPV endorsement is valid for International voyages.

According 46 CFR 11.201 (d): No officer endorsement may be issued to any person who is not a citizen of the United States with the exception of operators of uninspected passenger vessels that are not documented under the laws of the United States.

To see step-by-step instructions on how to apply, please visit our Application Process page.

NOTE: You MUST apply for a credential at your local Regional Exam Center.  It is important to include all supporting documentation and proper signatures.  Missing information will cause applications to be delayed or rejected.