JULY 31, 2015 — The U.S. Coast Guard's National Maritime Center (NMC) is to "significantly improve the quality and security" of Merchant Mariner Credentials (MMCs). The current credentials are created using a labor-intensive process, but the NMC will soon begin using automated printers for MMC production.
The automated process will include a new laminate and improved print quality.
The new laminate will contain the Department of Homeland Security, United States Coast Guard, and the United States Merchant Marine seals as well as other features.
All currently issued and active credentials will remain valid until their printed expiration dates. There will be no change in the way endorsement labels are issued and applied to MMCs.
In the coming months, the NMC will also introduce an updated MMC booklet that, while retaining the same form, fit, and function, will include new graphics on the credential pages.