U.S. Coast Guard Career Guide

Launch Operator (Limited Master & OUPV)

U.S. Coast Guard Career Guide

Launch Operator (Limited Master & OUPV)


Citizenship Requirements

  • Master: Must have U.S. Citizenship
  • OUPV: Must be an Alien admitted for permanent residence or have U.S. Citizenship

Minimum Age Required

  • Master: 18 Years
  • OUPV: 18 Years (unless OCMI approval states otherwise)

Medical Certificate Requirements

  • Original – Must hold a valid Medical Certificate or be approved for Medical Certificate.
  • Renewal, ROG, New Endorsement – Must hold an unexpired Medical Certificate or submit a Medical Certificate application.

Drug Testing Requirements
Must be Drug Testing Compliant

Fee Requirements
Mariner Fees must be paid

  • Note: No-fee MMC for certain applicants if Charitable in nature; Not for profit and Youth oriented. This should be documented in the OCMI approval.


  • Course completion certificate in lieu of Master or OUPV examination, OR
  • Examination

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