Deck License Renewal

Deck License Renewal

Digital Base Price: $250.00

Mariners Learning System™ has developed an intuitive learning approach that's direct, clear, and effective. By providing a methodical, well-organized program of professionally produced, on-demand lectures, videos, and companion materials, our students are able to absorb and retain what they have learned.

Course Materials

This edition includes one complete set of the following training materials:

One year's access to our award-winning Internet based narrated lecture and interactive learning system. Included with each Mariners Learning System™ course is 24/7 access to our online instructors. In the rare event that an online instructor cannot answer your question, toll free telephone support with one of our Staff Instructors will be provided.

MLS Hard Copy Study Guides

Online Copy MLS Textbook

Navigational Rules of the Road

MLS DVD Training Series

Navigational Rules of the Road

Course Overview

This course is for the licensed Boat Captain who does not have the required 360 days of sea service in the last 5 years to renew their license.

Course Subjects Include:

Navigational Rules of the Road
Deck Safety
Deck General


This course covers Deck License Renewal for OUPV and Masters of not more than 100-Ton for operation in the Great Lakes, Inland and Near Coastal waters. Students who successfully complete the course will be awarded a certificate that will be accepted in lieu of the standard Coast Guard examination!

License Operating Area

Based on the geographical area of your original sea service experience, this license can be renewed for "Great Lakes" waters, "Inland" waters or "Near Coastal" waters.

Sea Service

By completing this course a licensed mariner is not required to meet the Coast Guard 360 day sea service requirement necessary to renew their license.


Included with each Mariners Learning System™ course is 24/7 access to our online instructors. Each instructor is a USCG Licensed Master that has gone through a rigorous approval process meeting the standards of the United States Coast Guard to become a certified instructor. They bring a level of knowledge, experience, and professionalism that adds to the total learning process. In the rare event than an online instructor cannot answer your question, toll free telephone support with one of our Staff Instructors will be provided.

License Requirements

To renew your OUPV/Master Deck License you must be able to show 360 days (one year) of sea service during the past five years. This must be verified by completing the Small Vessel Sea Service Form or by providing a letter from a vessel owner/company verifying your sea service. Many Boat Captains find themselves nearing renewal but for various reasons cannot meet the Coast Guards one year service requirement.

An alternative to meeting the one year sea service requirement is to take the Mariners Learning System™Deck License Renewal Course. Upon completion of the MLS online course, you take our final Proctored Exam after which a Certificate of Completion will be issued. The U.S. Coast Guard will accept this certificate in lieu of meeting the time requirement.

Additional Requirements include:

Complete the USCG License Renewal Application (Form CG-719K)
Have a current Transportation Workers Identification Credential (TWIC Card)
Pass a Physical Examination and a Drug Test. If you currently enrolled in a DOT approved random drug testing program you will not be required to take a new drug test for license renewal.
You DO NOT need First Aid & CPR cards to renew your license.


Once the student completes the course quizzes and online Module Exam they make an appointment to take their final proctored exam with Mariners Learning System™. No testing at the Coast Guard Regional Exam Centers. The grading standards are:

Exam Modules

Rules of the Road
Deck General/Safety

Number of Questions


Minimum Score Required


Number of Questions a student can get wrong and still pass

5 wrong
1 wrong

Online Testing System Requirements

You must take the exam on a desktop computer or laptop (not a tablet ex: Chromebook)

You must have a working built-in or external webcam and microphone

Your Internet speed must be at least 2 Mbps download and 2 Mbps upload. Determine your Internet speed by running a test at:

Room/Space preparations:

The lighting in the room must be bright enough so that your face and eyes can be seen throughout the duration of the exam.

Your desk/workspace must be completely cleared of all papers, books, and reference materials. In addition, please clear the entire room (including walls and bookshelves) of any materials that could be considered reference materials. Any suspect items seen during the initial room scan by your proctor will be flagged.

Ensure you adhere to the rules during your exam.

You MUST provide your valid government issued photo ID when requested.

You MUST remain directly in front of your webcam for the duration of the exam.

You MUST NOT have anyone else in the room with you for the duration of your exam.

You MUST NOT interact or communicate with anyone by any means while testing.

You MUST NOT use any other electronic devices (phone, ipod, headphones, MP3 player, another computer, etc.) while taking the exam.

Reference materials (papers, pens, books, study guides, e-mails, website, etc.) MUST NOT be used while testing.

You MUST NOT use any mobile device or have any mobile device within your eyesight during the exam.

You MUST NOT access other websites or applications on the computer while testing.

You MUST NOT intentionally disable internet connection while testing.

*Violation of any these rules will be flagged during your exam by the web proctor, and your exam WILL be marked as a FAIL, you will not be eligible for a refund and WILL be banned from re-taking the exam with Mariners Learning System.