The Six-pack captain’s license, also commonly known as the OUPV license, is a certification awarded by the U.S Coast Guard that allows the holder to captain a vessel with up to six paying passengers and crew out on the water. This license is issued in three forms: Inland, Great Lakes & Inland, and Near Coastal.

What are the requirements?

How can I get my license?

You can use an online course to study for your Six-pack captain’s license but are required to attend a proctored exam in person to complete your license. The Mariners Learning System* suite of USCG-approved courses offers an alternative to having to take time off, drive to a classroom, and sit in a class with an instructor. These courses are structured for those pursuing a professional career in commercial boating operations and for recreational boaters wishing to increase their knowledge. Once you complete the course, you will have to sit a proctored exam at a Mariners Learning System testing center. Mariners Learning System has testing locations all over the country.