Information for All Pilots

All Pilot licenses, in all classes, expire on November 30th of each year.

A notice will be mailed to the address on your record several weeks before the expiration date. Please keep your contact information in our records up-to-date so that notices we send will reach you.  To check and update your contact information online, click Change Contact Information.

If you do not renew or advance to the next class before the expiration date, your license will lapse. It is illegal to provide pilot service while your license is lapsed.

Renewing First Class Licenses

If you hold a First Class Pilot license, a renewal notice will be mailed to the address on your record. The renewal notice will explain how to access the online renewal application. To complete the online renewal application, you must use a credit card to pay your renewal fee. 

On the renewal application, you will be asked to certify that you have read the current Rules of the Nautical Road and that you have rendered pilot service to at least 52 vessels during the year leading up to the expiration of your license.

Applying to Advance to a Higher Class

If you hold any Pilot license class other than First Class, an Application to Advance from Pilot License Class to Higher Class will be mailed to the address on your record. On the upgrade application, you will be asked to certify that you have read the current Rules of the Nautical Road and that you have rendered pilot service to at least 52 vessels during the year leading up to the expiration of your license. The application will also explain any other requirements to advance to the next higher class.

Physical Examination Requirement for All Pilots

All Pilots, regardless of class, are required to pass a physical examination every year and to submit a Merchant Mariner Physical Examination Report. Your First Class Pilot renewal or upgraded Pilot license will not be issued until the Board office has received and reviewed the physical examination form.