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Non–Attorney Admission to Practice

The Following Groups and Individuals Do Not Require Admission Through Form FMC-12

  • Attorneys admitted to practice in any state may practice before the Commission and should not apply to practice. (See 46 CFR § 502.26)
  • If you do not intend to engage in general practice but merely intend to practice for a company of which you are an officer or regular employee, admission to practice is not necessary and will not be granted. (See 46 CFR § 502.27(e))

Instructions for Applying to Practice Before the Comission for Non-attorneys

Only non-attorneys must submit a completed Form FMC-12 [PDF, 694 KB] package to be considered for and granted admission to practice before the Commission.

  1. Applicants should mail the following to the Office of the Secretary, Federal Maritime Commission, 800 North Capitol Street, N.W. Washington D.C. 20573
    1. Completed Form FMC-12 [PDF, 694 KB]
    2. Check for $229 made payable to the Federal Maritime Commission
    3. Completed and signed Addendum [PDF, 80.9 KB]
  2. Only complete packages will be considered. All questions must be answered in detail. If you require additional space, please attach a separate document with the numbered items.
  3. Please include complete addresses for your references and alert them that they will be contacted by FMC Staff.
  4. Please note that when you sign the application and the Addendum it is under penalty of perjury.
  5. Your application will only be evaluated after all information including: the completed Form FMC-12, a check for $229 a signed addendum and responses from your references have been received.
  6. If your application is denied, you will be informed of the reason(s) for denial.
  7. If your application is approved, you will receive a certificate granting admission to practice.


Office of the Secretary

Phone: 202-523-5725
Fax: 202-217-3170
Email: secretary@fmc.gov

Federal Maritime Commission
800 North Capitol Street, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20573