U.S. Coast Guard Career Guide

Operator of Uninspected Passenger Vessels (OUPV)

U.S. Coast Guard Career Guide

Operator of Uninspected Passenger Vessels (OUPV)


Citizenship Requirements
Must have U.S. Citizenship OR individuals, who are not US Citizens, applying for endorsements as OUPV will be limited to service on undocumented vessels in accordance with 46 CFR §11.201(d).

Minimum Age Required
18 Years

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


  • Course completion certificate in lieu of Coast Guard examination 10.402
  • Exam

OUPV, limited to undocumented vessels, may be issued to non U.S. Citizens. They will be drafted with the following limitation: “Limited to Uninspected Vessels Not Documented Under the Laws of the United States.” They will not include entry level ratings unless record of Permanent Resident Alien card provided. A Permanent Resident Alien card is the only acceptable document to issue entry level ratings to non-US Citizens.

An applicant, who speaks Spanish, but not English, may be issued an OUPV Restricted to Navigable Waters of the United States in the vicinity of Puerto Rico.

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