We had a thread on the same subject 10 years ago, but it was closed down. Doing the renewal again and a few comments on the red tape: This time I am renewing my 100 ton ticket using sea-time: 360 days in the last 5 years: 6 days a month (@ 4 hours each day) easy, I spend lots of time on the water even if it is just goofing off. Got my USCG Medial 30 days ago, had to show proof of being in a Random Drug Testing program and other stuff, all approved, got the medical in the mail a week or two later, Easy. Doing the other stuff now: Sea Time and such, have to prove Drug Free once again. Told them I went though this last month..Nope, do it again: The USCG Medical Department is different from the USCG Renewal Department. Ok, sent them a copy of my Membership Card in the Random Drug test program called The Marine Consortium, Inc. Nope, not good enough. Sent them a Letter from the same organization with gold seals and a statement I was in Compliance with CFR 46. part 16. Nope, not good enough: The needed the verbiage from CG Form 719P, part II, second page. (Marine Employer) Since I am the only Employer and Employee of Odin Charters, I wrote the Verbiage about me and signed it myself. This of course was exactly as requested but caused a melt-down in Miami. A stern Lady called me up, (courtesy call she said) and informed me that I can not write and sign my own letter, but 2 hours earlier she requested just such a letter from my Marine Employer. (Odin Charters) Now I called the Maritime Consortium, Inc and requested a different letter and for Renewal, rather than proof of compliance, no problem, within 10 minutes it was on my email shortly thereafter forwarded to the stern USCG Lady in Miami. Then there is the TWIC card for renewal: You don’t need it, if you can’t get it, if you can get it, but don’t need it, that is almost ok too. No idea what they want there, but I got a current TWIC card and sent it with the application. Curious to what the next Whack a Mole problem will be, but just a heads up to other guys trying to renew with rules changing every day and civilian lowest bid contractors hired to screen the applications before the USCG gets to see them.