46 U.S. Code § 7508 - Authority to extend the duration of medical certificates

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(a) Granting of Extensions.— Notwithstanding any other provision of law, the Secretary may extend for not more than one year a medical certificate issued to an individual holding a license, merchant mariner’s document, or certificate of registry issued under chapter 71 or 73 if the Secretary determines that the extension is required to enable the Coast Guard to eliminate a backlog in processing applications for medical certificates or is in response to a national emergency or natural disaster.
(b) Manner of Extension.— An extension under this section may be granted to individual seamen or a specifically identified group of seamen.


(Added Pub. L. 112–213, title III, § 306(a),Dec. 20, 2012, 126 Stat. 1565.)


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