46 U.S. Code § 7303 - Possession and description of merchant mariners’ documents

A merchant mariner’s document shall be retained by the seaman to whom issued. The document shall contain the signature, notations of nationality, age, and physical description, the photograph, and the home address of the seaman. In addition, the document shall specify the rate or ratings in which the seaman is qualified to serve.


(Pub. L. 98–89, Aug. 26, 1983, 97 Stat. 542; Pub. L. 107–295, title IV, § 421,Nov. 25, 2002, 116 Stat. 2125.)

Historical and Revision Notes
Revised section Source section (U.S. Code)
7303 46:643(a)

Section 7303 requires seamen to retain their merchant mariner’s documents. It also specifies the information that is to be contained in the document.

2002—Pub. L. 107–295struck out “the thumbprint,” after “photograph,”.

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