I recently went through an upgrade from 3/M to 2/M, and was SHOCKED at the quickness with which the NMC got my documents back to me. Some might remember the 3 month debacle I had with them last year just trying to get a Tankerman PIC.
I have to commend the NMC for their new policy of allowing mariners to email all of their paperwork to a REC, which saves many of us the time (and expense) of getting to a REC for a 10 minute appointment. (For those not familiar, read this).
The Homeport site has changed slightly, which was something I wasn’t a fan of. Now the site is only updated at 0700 (albeit everyday). Personally I liked to check the site periodically throughout the day and hope that I had moved along the track. Now they’ll send you an email as your paperwork reaches and completes each step in the process.
4/29 - Emailed all of my paperwork to REC Boston.
5/4 - Received email that my paperwork was mailed to NMC.
5/7 - "Cleared safety and suitability vetting process (whatever that means) and moved onto the medical screening process."
5/10 - Cleared safety, suitability, and medical - awaiting a professional qualification evaluation.
5/11 - Being evaluated for professional qualifications.
5/11 - Completed evaluation and approved for issuance.
5/13 - Issued and mailed.
2 weeks from email to issued! I was pretty impressed. Now, when I received it in the mail, part of it was wrong, but I immediately called the NMC and explained the situation. I was called back the next day, it was printed the day after, and in my mailbox 3 days later.
Something those with MMC’s might not know that I discovered through this. Under the old system (at least my impression of it, I never upgraded under it), when you upgraded, it was an automatic renewal, and you had another 5 years from the date they printed your new license. With the MMC, this is not the case. I didn’t check “Renew” on the application (my fault), and asked the guy who called me to fix my stickers. Turns out if I had checked Renew, it wouldn’t have cost any more (surprise!), but it would have gone through a bit more strenuous medical evaluation. I don’t know if it would have taken any longer.
So, anybody need a 2/M?