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Licensing and Certification


The FMC issues licenses to qualified ocean transportation intermediaries (OTIs) in the U.S. and ensures that all OTIs are bonded or maintain other evidence of financial responsibility.  The FMC also ensures that Passenger Vessel Operators (PVOs) demonstrate adequate financial responsibility in case of nonperformance of voyages or death or injury occurring to passengers.

Apply for or Make Changes to a License, or Request a Foreign Registration

The following contains information about reporting changes to your information and submitting proof of financial responsibility.

OTI License Status Changes

Resources for tracking the status of licenses for Ocean Transportation Intermediaries (OTIs) and Non-Vessel Operating Common Carrier (NVOCCs)

Ocean Transportation Intermediary License Status Changes

Foreign NVOCC Registration Status Changes

Non-Compliant NVOCCs

OTI Bonds

The following contains information on how Ocean Transportation Intermediary (OTI) ocean freight forwarders and Non-Vessel-Operating Common Carriers (NVOCCs) should submit acceptable proof of financial responsibility.

Information for Truckers On Claims Against NVOCC Bonds

How to Apply for a PVO Certificate

Information for Passenger Vessel Operators (PVOs) seeking an FMC-issued Performance and Casualty Certificate can be found below.

Bureau of Certification and Licensing

The Bureau of Certification and Licensing is the office responsible for the Passenger Vessel Operator (PVO) and Ocean Transportation Intermediary (OTI) programs.

Forms and Applications