I just got off the phone with a very helpful young lady at the FCC Licensing Office. I told her my story which is. My FCC Marine Radio Operator Permit expired in 2010. When I called to get it renewed they told me that I was grandfathered in for life and that my GMDSS Operator License superceded the Radio Operator Permit since I had taken Element One and Seven to tget the GMDSS License. I no longer have a hard copy of my old FCC permit. The problem is that twice now since 2010, I was turned down for employment by companies whose HR personnel said I was ineligible for the job since I didn’t have the FCC MROP.
She gave me good news and confirmed that I do indeed have a valid radio license with the GMDSS. She also told me that for NO FEE, I can fill out Main Form 605 and the Form 605 Schedule E, attach a copy of my STCW GMDSS qualifications and they would send a paper copy of an FCC MROP.
I don’t know if anyone else has come across this problem, but if you have here you go! Hope it helps.