How to Get Your OUPV License
If you are looking to captain a charter boat, become a certified instructor, or offer guide services commercially, then the Operator of Uninspected Passenger Vessels (OUPV) License is for you!
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Common OUPV Questions
What is the OUPV captain’s license?
The OUPV license is a U.S. Coast Guard boat license that allows the holder to take up to six paying passengers and crew out on the water. It is issued in three forms: Inland License, Great Lakes & Inland License, and Near Coastal. Many aspiring charter boat captains go after the OUPV license unless they plan to operate charter boats with more than six passengers, but being a charter boat captain is only one of many careers you can pursue with an OUPV license.
What are the requirements for an OUPV license?
- Be at least 18 years old.
- Be a U.S. citizen OR show lawful admittance to the United States for permanent residence.
- Have a minimum of 360 days boating experience. Ninety of those days must have occurred in the last three years.
- Pass a physical and a drug test.
- Hold a valid adult CPR and Basic First Aid card.
- Obtain a TWIC card.
- Pass the Mariners Learning System OUPV course.
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