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The USCG Operator of Uninspected Passenger Vessels License (OUPV/Six-Pack Captain's License) permits the holder to carry up to six paying passengers on uninspected vessels up to 100 gross tons. These include almost all recreational vessels, smaller vessels that normally engage in charter fishing, SCUBA diving or tour cruises. These vessels are limited to six paying passengers plus crew-hence the term "Six-Pack." The OUPV License is issued in three forms: OUPV Inland License, OUPV Great Lakes & Inland and OUPV Near Coastal


OUPV Inland License: The OUPV Inland license is restricted to operation shoreward of the boundary line, excluding the Great Lakes. This license is valid on uninspected vessels up to 100 gross tons.

  • This license requires at least 360 days of documented experience in the operation of vessels since age 15, with 90 of the 360 days occurring in the last three years.

  • The OUPV Inland License can be upgraded to an OUPV Near Coastal License once 90 days experience seaward of the boundary line has been achieved.


OUPV Great Lakes & Inland: 360 total days with at least 90 days service on the Great Lakes.


OUPV Near Coastal: This license is valid on vessels up to 100 gross tons and out to 100 nautical miles.

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