Liberia Seafarer’s Certification & Documentation



Seaman Solutions is an official agent on behalf of the Liberia authority, we work closely with the Seafarer’s Certification and Documentation (SCD) Department at the Liberian Registry reviews, certifies and documents Officers and Ratings that sail aboard Liberian registered ships.

The Liberia Department is also responsible for the following:

  • Rapid processing of Seafarer Identification and Record Books (SIRB), Special Qualification Certificates (SQC), and Officer Certificates;
  • Advising clients on special qualifications and endorsements necessary to ensure STCW compliance, in the most economical manner;
  • Reviewing and approving seafarer training schools and programs.

How can I obtain a Seafarer’s Identification & Record Book (SIRB)?

To receive a Liberian Seafarer’s Identification & Documentation Book (SIRB) you must submit your application through Seaman Solutions, an authorized Filing Agent that is responsible for manning the Liberian vessel on which you will be sailing. This application must be accompanied by a copy of your national passport or similar identification document, qualifying prerequisite competencies and proof of seatime, listing your position aboard the ships as well as the respective gross tonnage, horsepower (kilowatts), and types of ships. A copy of a physical examination completed within the past twelve months must also accompany the application along with a passport size photo. You have to click on the following link: Here you’ll be able to create an account on our portal and submit your application.

Upon submission, how long until I receive the requested documents?

Liberian applications are processed within 7-10 business days from date of submission.  Once issued, they are shipped the following business day. Shipment times vary depending on Filing Agent location and can take within 3-5 business days to reach its destination. 

Delivery times

We offer two options of expedites; an entire submission may be expedited within 1-2 business days (same day/next day expediting of applications) for the expedite fee of 150.00 USD per application or an entire submission may be expedited within 3-4 business days for the expedite fee of 100.00 USD per application.

The expedited service moves your submission ahead of regular processed applications with priority per the expedited choice picked. Once processed the entire submission is closed and issued documents shipped the same day. Shipping takes an additional 2-6 days to reach its final destination.  

What documents does the Liberia Register accept? 

IMO White List

The IMO list is used to accept all ratings documents that have been submitted from these countries. To accept and recognize officer certificates, there must be a Memorandum of Understanding between the governments which outlines the agreement of whose documents are being recognized.

See the IMO whitelist here:

What special qualification certificates (SQCs) must the officers and crew on a Liberian Flag vessel have in their possession?

The Minimum Safe Manning Certificate (MSMC) dictates the minimum number of officers and ratings that must be on board the vessel. The officers must have their appropriate licenses and the ratings must have their appropriate Special Qualifications (SQCs); i.e. ASDs and ASEs.

All officers and ratings must show proof of Basic Training Certification conducted within the last 5 years.

All acting ship security officers (SSO) on board a Liberian flagged vessel must possess the Liberian SSO Special Qualification Certificate (SQC).

When serving on a tanker, all officers and ratings involved in the tanker operations must possess the appropriate Special Qualification Certificate for the tanker type vessel that they are assigned and they must possess proof of training from a shore based fire-fighting course (advanced course for officers).

All ratings watchstanders must have the appropriate special qualification in their Liberian books.

Apply for a pre evaluation by creating an account in our portal:

STCW 1978 (As Amended) – The Manila Amendments

The provisions of the Manila Amendments will come into full effect on 01 January 2017. All seafarer documentation issued by the Liberian Registry will be required to comply with the provisions of the Manila Amendments.

Pursuant to STCW 1978, as amended, please note the following requirements:

A. To obtain a NEW STCW 1978, as amended Liberian officer’s endorsement, the following must be submitted:

  • 2 Pictures (1.75” x 1.75”);
  • Current physical within the last 12 months;
  • Copy of national passport;
  • Copy of your STCW 1978, as amended national certificate;
  • Copy of all seatime acquired within the last 5 years.

B: To renew based on a completion of STCW 1978, as amended, courses and a valid Liberian certificate (obtained by Liberian examination), the following will need to be submitted:

  • 2 Pictures (1.75” x 1.75”);
  • Current physical within the last 12 months;
  • Copy of national passport;
  • Copy of your STCW 1978, as amended, Liberian Certificate;
  • Basic Training Course Completion Certificate obtained within the last 5 years;
  • Advanced Firefighting Course Completion Certificate obtained within the last 5 years;
  • Advanced First Aid Course Completion Certificate;
  •  Survival Craft/Rescue Boat Course Completion Certificate obtained within the last 5 years;
  •  Training Record Book.

Furthermore, Navigational Officers must also submit the following:

  • GMDSS Certificate;
  • Automatic Radar Plotting Aids (ARPA) Course Completion Certificate;
  • Bridge Resource Management Training Course Completion Certificate; and
  • Electronic Chart Display and Information Systems (ECDIS).
  • Medical Care Course Completion Certificate(required for Master and Chief Mate ONLY).

Furthermore, Engineering Officers must also submit the following:

  • High Voltage Training Certificate;
  • Engine Room Resource Management;
  • ETO’s must submit their training record book.

Published: May 10, 2023

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