(a) In General.— A license issued under this part is valid for a 5-year period and may be renewed for additional 5-year periods; except that the validity of a license issued to a radio officer is conditioned on the continuous possession by the holder of a first-class or second-class radiotelegraph operator license issued by the Federal Communications Commission.
(b) Advance Renewals.— A renewed license issued under this part may be issued up to 8 months in advance but is not effective until the date that the previously issued license expires or until the completion of any active suspension or revocation of that previously issued merchant mariner’s document, whichever is later.
7106 sets a 5 year time limit on the validity of a license. It also requires a licensed radio officer to be in continuous possession of an FCC license.
2010—Pub. L. 111–281amended section generally. Prior to amendment, text read as follows: “A license issued under this part is valid for 5 years and may be renewed for additional 5-year periods. However, the validity of a license issued to a radio officer is conditioned on the continuous possession by the holder of a first-class or second-class radiotelegraph operator license issued by the Federal Communications Commission.”
1990—Pub. L. 101–380inserted “and may be renewed for additional 5-year periods” after “for 5 years”.
Effective Date of 1990 Amendment
Amendment by Pub. L. 101–380applicable to incidents occurring after Aug. 18, 1990, see section 1020 ofPub. L. 101–380, set out as an Effective Date note under section
2701 of Title
33, Navigation and Navigable Waters.
Termination of Existing Licenses, Certificates, and Documents; Applicability of 1990 Amendment
Pub. L. 101–380, title IV, § 4102(d),Aug. 18, 1990, 104 Stat. 510, provided that: “A license, certificate of registry, or merchant mariner’s document issued before the date of the enactment of this section [Aug. 18, 1990] terminates on the day it would have expired if—
“(1) subsections (a), (b), and (c) [amending this section and sections
7302 of this title] were in effect on the date it was issued; and
“(2) it was renewed at the end of each 5-year period under section
7302 of title
46, United States Code.”
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