Licensing Options

I would like to obtain an original Dominica license by completing approved training.

Mariners seeking original Certificates of Competence from the Commonwealth of Dominica can do so by completing required sea-service, training, and approved "In-Service Training." "In-Service Training" modules accompanied by a written examination are an option for some mariners.


Northeast Maritime Institute (“NMI”) is a maritime training provider offering maritime education and training programs approved by the Commonwealth of Dominica Maritime Administration. NMI works to ensure that students complete the training necessary to receive their Commonwealth of Dominica Certificate of Competence in order to work in communities world-wide and to develop awareness for safe and effective shipping.


NMI, headquartered in the United States, provides STCW courses that are globally recognized and is currently approved by the United States Coast Guard, Commonwealth of Dominica Maritime Administration, Bermuda and the Republic of Marshall Islands.


Visit our Career Tracks to review the minimum requirements for the license(s) you are interested in and to see if you have the required sea time.


If interested in enrollment, please submit an application for a formal review along with the evaluation fee and the required documents here.


For more information about Northeast Maritime Institute and its worldwide network of training institutions, please visit:

I hold an acceptable foreign STCW certificate for endorsement but I desire an original Dominica seafarers license through examination.

Applicants who hold an acceptable foreign STCW certificate and desire an original Dominica certificate must adhere to the Mariner and Seafarer Testing (MAST) examination system administered by the Dominica Maritime Administration. The multiple-choice examinations incorporate material specified by the STCW Convention, as amended. Certificates issued by examination are valid for a term of five (5) years. For more information, please see CDP-300E Certification by Examination Standards.


The first step in applying for Dominica’s licensing by examination is a determination of eligibility by the Administration’s Mariner Licensing and Certification Department.  This process begins by completing and submitting application CDMP-5000L Application for Licensing by Examination along with payment, which can be made on the Administration’s Online Payment Portal.  Applications will only be evaluated once the Administration has received payment. For more information on seeking an original Commonwealth of Dominica Certificate of Competency by examination please visit the MAST site.


If you do not hold an acceptable foreign STCW certificate please refer to our original Dominica license by maritime training option.


I am seeking Dominica endorsement of a foreign STCW license.

Mariners who hold an acceptable foreign certificate of competency from the authority of a nation who is recognized by the Commonwealth of Dominica in accordance with regulation I/10 and desire a Dominica endorsement to work on board Dominica flagged vessels must fill out an application and submit with the required documents listed here.


To obtain a certificate receipt of application (CRA) which allows the applicant to work on board a vessel for 90 days while the application is processing, submit required copies to Once verification has been received we will issue the certificate of endorsement and/or seafarer ID book.



*Please remember that all mariners working on board a Dominica flagged vessel must be endorsed!


**If you are unsure of what license you qualify for, you may submit the required documents for evaluation to:

I am seeking to renew my Commonwealth of Dominica License.

For mariners seeking to upgrade their current original Commonwealth of Dominica license, please refer to the Career Tracks as a guideline for general, application, and training requirements.


For mariners seeking to renew their original Commonwealth of Dominica license please complete an Original Officer application and submit with the required documents listed below.



Application Submission Guidelines/Requirements


To apply for any of the previous options please complete one of the following applications with the evaluation fee (if applicable) and submit them with the required documents.







Required Documents:


- Copies of your passport

- Copies of your sea time

- Copies of your foreign certificate of competency

- Copies of your training certificates

- Passport size photo


If applying for an original Dominica license by maritime training or for our MAST licensing by examination please submit the evaluation fee onto our payment portal.


Applicants may upload applications and documents on site or may send them to:


Commonwealth of Dominica Maritime Administration

32 Washington Street, Fairhaven MA USA 02719




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