Hey all, thought I would chime in considering I used gCaptain(as well as the NMC website) to monitor turnaround times. All in all it took 2 weeks(or 10 business days) between submitting my application packet and receiving my credential in hand. This includes the actual MMC application as well as my Medical Certificate.
- April 9th. REC Portland Received MMC Application and Medical Certificate Application. Regional Examination Center “PORTLAND” has received your application and has forwarded it to the NMC for evaluation.
Now after this email, its usually a 2-3 days for the NMC to update their status as being received and awaiting screening.
April 16th. Your application has cleared the safety and suitability vetting and medical screening/evaluation processes (if required) and is currently awaiting a professional qualification evaluation. Same day I also received: Your application is being screened by the Medical Evaluation Division of the NMC. This screening process is performed in order to ensure your USCG 719K Merchant Mariner Physical Examination Form has been completed appropriately and contains enough information for us to begin your full Medical Evaluation. During this process, you and/or your physician may be requested to submit information missing from or to clarify medical information noted on the physical examination.
April 19th.Medical Certificate: Your application has completed the evaluation process and is approved for issuance. You should receive notification within 1 business day indicating that the credential was issued.
MMC Application: Your application is being evaluated for professional qualifications.
Medical Certificate(3 hrs after first email) Your credential has been issued and mailed via first class USPS, unless otherwise requested.
April 20th. MMC Application: I received about 6 emails this day, with international endorsements being screened and evaluated, and my domestic being screened and evaluated. Around 0900 all were complete and it was issued and mailed.
April 23rd. My medical certificate and MMC were mailed a day apart, but I ended up receiving both on Monday.
To note, the NMC website updated regularly 1 day after I received the relevant email. Hence the “Updated Daily” aspect of the website.
14 Days. Pretty good good considering the average time is 30+. That being said I was applying for original issuance of an OUPV and AB Special, with all relevant endorsements(BST, Advanced Fire, Tankerman, Lifeboatman, RFPNW.)
I filled all my CG-719’s via Adobe Reader so they were all typed, standard CG Physical at an Occupational Doctor here local to PDX, and spent extra to get a drug test package mailed to me(had all relevant chain of custody info, etc) and had all relevant license, rating, and endorsement information on my application, as well as making sure my certificates were all in order, Copy of my TWIC card and relevant ID’s, First Aid/CPR recency. I easily made sure no stone was unturned.
PS. I highly recommend going down to the local REC over emailing. Literally takes them 10min tops to have them fax the entire application packet and certificates. I left 1 box unfilled on my CG-719K that the REC person saw as he was checking each box. Probably saved me some hassle.