Tuesday, August 5, 2014

So you want to be a Captain - Safety and Suitability Check

Every boater wishing to obtain a Captain's License is required to go through a Safety and Suitability evaluation. During this process the National Maritime Center (NMC) evaluates an applicants criminal record to ensure that the person serving under the authority of a Captain's License poses no threat to safety of life or property.

Here is a list and short description of the checks performed during this phase of the licensing process:

TWIC
A Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) is a identification credential issued by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), containing biometrics of the card holder. The National Maritime Center uses TSA as their primary source for information when conducting background investigations.A staff application screener will examine and verify that the applicant has applied for a TWIC.

Biographical Information
Biographical information such as name, date of birth, place of birth, social security number, criminal convictions statement, and other data is compared to the information recorded in the license application. Any discrepancies must be resolved prior to a Captain's License being issued.

Citizenship, Nationality, and Permanent Residence
The Safety and Suitability Evaluation (SSE) Branch verifies nationality, citizenship, and possession of a permanent resident card for non-U.S. citizens.

Criminal Record Review
After the SSE verify the citizenship, nationality, and lawful permanent residence, the applicant's criminal record will be reviewed for convictions that show evidence of a mariner's unsuitability for the duties and responsibilities of the Captain's License applied for.

Dangerous Drug Use
An applicant who has been convicted of a violation of a dangerous drug law or has failed a chemical test for drug use may encounter obstacles in both the SSE and the Medical Evaluation Division, and have to prove cure from drug or alcohol abuse or addiction.

National Driver Registry
All applicants must give their consent to a check of their National Driver Registry (NDR) record for Driving Under the Influence (DUI) or Reckless Driving convictions. The Coast Guard will consider offenses such as operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or drugs or reckless driving conviction only within the last three years, unless the applicant driver's license is currently suspended or revoked. Prior to the Coast Guard denying the application, the applicant will be supplied the information found in the NDR check and be given the opportunity to comment.

Based on this review the NMC will determine if the mariner is able to move to the next phase of the process. If there is a problem with the safety and suitability evaluation the mariner record will not continue to the next phase until it is resolved.

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1 Comments:

At April 11, 2017 at 3:15 PM , Blogger John said...

I have observed some of them make Captain's License for saving their life, numerous time to listen someone is teased by the police or any other person who belongs to the police or army department and they did not allow any to go somewhere so at that time that person can show this license then allowing to go or inter anywhere where no one does not go without permission. And now this time people have more opportunity to get something easily as the professional students prefer to buy a degree online in their program so that they can grow in a short time.

 

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