I just recently renewed my 3rd Mate license and everything is all set. I just took the VSO course in order to get the endorsement on my MMC. At the time, when I submitted my renewal package to the US Coast Guard, I was “good to go” as far as my driving record was concerned. Subsequently, I got a speeding ticket on I-95. It wasn’t reckless driving or anything. Speed limit was 65 mph and I was traveling a little too fast. I paid the fine right away.
Now, I need to fill out a new application ( CG-719B ) in order to get the VSO endorsement on my MMC. I’m just wondering if I actually need to report the traffic violation on my application even though it wasn’t related to a DUI, reckless driving, etc… I checked the NMC website recently and apparently, the USCG has recently noticed an uptick in applicants not reporting convictions, etc. The link is a PDF entitled, “Failure to Disclose Convictions”. I read this document on their website and it says, “when in doubt, list it.” I read through the CFRs carefully last night (Title 46 CFR 10.213 - National Driver Register) and I’m under the impression that it’s something that does not need to be reported, but maybe I’m wrong.
It’s the first time I ever got a ticket from the police. Obviously, I’m not condoning speeding. On this particular day, I was in a rush to get to work. Like, who hasn’t been almost late for work, right?
Should I e-mail the NMC and ask them about this?
Also, on the CG-719B application, it says, “please attach statement”. What is the statement that the Coast Guard needs? I no longer have the citation from the police. Do I need to contact my local DMV (Dept. of Motor Vehicles) and request a driving record?
Just not sure what I need to do.