How to Get Your Seaman Book in the Philippines

One of the most important requirements of being a seaman in the Philippines is having a Seaman's book or SIRB (Seafarer's Identification AND Record Book).  This book details everything about a seaman's career experience and training, it is also regarded as seaman's passport but obviously this cannot replace a passport being issued by the government.  This particular book is unique only for seafarers.

Information pertaining to name of vessel, official number and place of registry, gross tonnage, rank, date of place of embarkation and disembarkation, signature of master.  These are the standard information you will see in a seaman's book or (SIRB).

To be able to secure your own Seman's book, you have to file necessary documents at Maritime Industry Authority (Marina) located at PPL Bldg., 1000 U.N. Ave. cor San Marcelino, Manila, Philippines.

Documents needed

  • Transcript of Record (High School TOR for High School Graduates) (College TOR for College Graduates)
  • School Diploma (High School Diploma for High School Graduates ) (College Diploma for College Graduates)
  • Certificate of Authentication and Verification (CAV) from DECS or CHED
  • Birth Certificate from NSO
  • NBI Clearance - visa seaman
  • 2 pcs Passport size colored picture with white background
  • Basic Safety Course Certificate ( SOLAS)
  • P550 for 3 day processing or P750 for one day processing. 

By Sarge Sailor with 152 comments


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can i use my passport instead of my Birth certificate?

I believe NSO certified birth certificate is an important document required for the application. Better include it in your documents for application so that you would not have a hard time getting your seaman's book.

You can order your birth certificate online from NSO in this link.

i think ung CAV sa School mo na pinag graduate tan mo dun mo kukunin ... prang Goodmoral ..

Hi guys, here's a site that hopefully enlighten you about the CAV

required ba ang nac ng solas sa seamans book?

saan po kami makakakuha ng solas?

you can get SOLAS certificate from any certified maritime training centers in the country.

Regards on TOR pano po kung under grad, sa College school kukuha?

Q: please help wat to do next my wife is taking a cooking course at tesda and after a month she'l graduate. we plan and both agreed that she must proceed a seamanship course or training to be able for her to board. Our problem is the school and the assurance after taking that training... can you help us find a a school that s low in tuition?

I guess you're talking about school for SOLAS. There are a lot of schools offering this training, their rates varies and I cannot assure which one is the cheapest. Sometimes when you go for the cheapest you'll get the most lax training. The one thing you should look for a training center is if it's accredited by MARINA. Please see the accredited agencies in their website.

graduate po ako sa italy as seaman pwede ko po ba ma gamit to sa pinas madali Lang po ba kumuha seaman's book?

Pano po pag hindi po ako graduate ng highschool,long story pero lahat kasi ng naaplyan ko pinepeke ko lang po ung dimploma ko,may special treatment poba sa mga katulad ko or excemption?
Sana pn may maka sagot sa tanung ko thnx!odbless!

sir pano po kung hindi maritime course graduate, pede po rin ba ko mg apply as a crew,,recommend nmn po kung anong training ang pede ko i take..thank you..

ganun din ako di ako kumuha ng seamans course pero mag tra2ining ako for BSC tanong ko lang kahit wala bang backer basta may training ako makuukha din ako? tnx

Ask ko lng po f anong requirements sa renewal ng seaman's book... thanks

nursing graduate po ako, then may plan po ako maging ship nurse, kelangan ko pa po bang kumuha ng maritime course na 2years?kasi yun po ung sinasabi nila sa akin.. tsaka tanong ko rin po kung okey po ba yung T.O.R ko po na nursing para makakuha ng Seaman's book? kahit nursing course makakakuha rin po ba nun? assuming na nakakuha na po ng SOLAS.

Sir yung cav ba sa lhat ng pnaggraduatan ko or yung latest lang which is college

hi, po....pwede rin po ba sa mga babae yang seaman's book?

What if I have bst but they are looking for bt , is my bst credited or I just need to get bt?

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any course po ba pwde magtake ng solas for example... nursing o criminology grad ka??

how many months po ang training sa seaman needed bfore kumuha ng seaman book?

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Haha ako na po sasagot nyan..ou nmn pwede kahit nga highschool graduate pwede kumuha nya ;) tutuo po yan....

Ou nmn barko kc hndi lang lalaki ang ng ttrababo.. ;)

tanong q lang po pano po kung under graduate po ako sa college ano po gagawin q para makakkuha po ako ng seaman book

How many years will be the expiration of solas and in 2016 they will repeat training again,,thank u

Is it same year in different agency

Hi po,
Tanong kulang po wala bang limit age?kc po 38 npo ako tpos 2011 ako ntpos ng college,HRM po course,pwde ba akong mgtraining ng short course para mkakuha ako ng seaman book? 45lmit nman f magabroad ka like mg apply ng cruiseship?

Pwede sa latest mong pinag graduate -tan.

Pwede naman as long as u complete your requirements..

Updated pba toh..?
(P550 for 3 day processing or P750 for one day processing)

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talagang kailangan po ba yung sa DIPLOMA at TOR sa Highschool na pinagraduate-tan po? o pwede po ba kahit DIPLOMA at TOR ng college na lang ang i-submit?

nawala ung bst certificate ko at resibo nun, ang natira lng sakin e ung nac certificate ng bst. Pano un? pwde bang subtitute ung nac certificate?

pwede po ba kahit travel abroad ang purpose ng NBI clearance instead of Visa Seaman?

kumuha ka ng solas graduate,under grad. highschool grad. pwede yan kahit anong course ka pa

5 years, you dont have to repeat the whole training, 2 days training will be enough they call it refresher 1 day lecture 1 day actual

pwd po ba magapply ng seaman's book kahit walang nac?

ECE grad po ako, anu po ang mga req. at training para po maka sampa po ako at maging seaman?

D po b pareho lang ung TOR at CAV?

pwd TOR lng at NBI at BT?? pwd na bayun mka kuha ng seaman book??

gud am. dati po akong oiler sa bfar-mcs patrol boat pero di po ako tapos ng seaman course.. high schoolgrad lang po ako.. pwede ba ako makasakay sa malaking barko? wala din po kaming seamans book

tanong q lang po,,pag under grad ng highschool,,pero my exp. sa ibang bansa,,puwede bang makakuha ng solas at seamans book

Hi! Just want to ask what are the training involve in SOLAS? Im applying for a front desk officer for a Cruise and I don't know how to swim. Is this will affect my application?Thank you!

Sa mga kukuha po ng bst or basic seamans training pede kayo mag training for only 5000 for 1 week sa sims check nyo po sa google saan maaring mag training or sa macapagal kung under kayo ng macapagal agency. Ang sims naman dapat araw araw nyo po pasukan bawal ang under table sa sims for certificate pag 1 araw lang kayo d pumasok mag make up class pa kayo bayad uli ng 250 pesos. Kaya bawal ang pala absent sa sims. Sana naka tulong ako. Gandang araw sa lahat

Its not important how good you are in swming or not. Once you graduate the bst (basic seamans training) you will understand what am i saying. It will discuss everythibg specially in survival training. Even an gold medal swimmers awardie canot survival if he or she didnt know the basic survival.

This is the nice book of passport safety training that provide the best information regarding health and safety...Please share some more inforamation...
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Pwede na po ba mkapag trabho sa barko pag may solas at seamans book ka na po? Food n bevarage po ang background ko . Or it depends po sa papasukan mo?

Pwd po ba for travel abroad ang nbi clearance?

pano po pag experience lang po ako as a cook for almost 2 years one of the restaurant here in davao mka avail po ba ako mka kuha ng seamans book gusto po kasi ako mag trabaho sa barko.thanks

Hanggang anong araw po bukas ang Marina?

makukuha po ba ang seamans book kaagad after three days processing ngayong month? kasi walng company ang tumatanggap ng papel lng na temporary na binibigay nyo s iba eh

Kumuha k ng copy s trn center

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S zrc trn center 4k s global 5k w/ cop en free lunch s pstc 5k free snack

Aply muna pgtangap kana don kana work s barko

3 years expiration ang refresh

Kailangab po b ng request sa training agency sa pag kuha ng T.O.R. na gagamitin sa solas? Or pwede ako mismo ang mg request sa school?

Pwede po ba madoble ang kuha ng NAC? Kasi po sa school namin wala pang binibigay chineck q sa Marina website wala pa din ang pangalan q, kung pwede po kumuha ulit sa Marina po ba? Salamat

lahat ng gustong sumakay or mag work sa barko kailangan ng seamans book. kailangan mag solas para magkaroon ng seamans book

If meron ng BOSIET or Basic offshore safety induction and emergency training inc EBS and travel safety by boat (OPITO APPROVED).. need ko pa bang kumuha ng solas para makakuha ng seamans book...

under grad.po ako ng highschool..pwd po ba ako maka kuha ng seaman book..sana po masagot nyo katanungan ko....

Ano po ba yung NAC,COP at COC saan kukuha nyan? Kailangan din ba ng mga yan bgo mkakuha ng seamans book?

pa-update nmn po ng requirements ng seaman's book at magknu na po? TIA!

i dnt have a filipino citizenship. im a foreigner doin mariner engineering from a college here in manila. is it possible tht i cn get a seaman's book here from philippines ? so i cn go onboard to complete my 1 year training.

Ilang days po ang training ng solas?

hello good day every one please i want to make a certain inquiry is the seaman passport only meant for filipinos what about a foreign national that study in the philippines can he or she apply here in the philippines for his or her seaman passport

hello can i use my evaluation of grades instead of my tor for seambook? pls reply thank you

kailangan po ba may appointment pagkuha ng seaman book?

annd po required sa NBI clearance? is it for abroad or what po?

Pano pa mag renew ng seamans book pag hindi po naisakay ung previous seamansbook?

Pano pa mag renew ng seamans book pag hindi po naisakay ung previous seamansbook?

Pano pa mag renew ng seamans book pag hindi po naisakay ung previous seamansbook?

gud eve po ask ko lang kungpde po ba sa cruise ship/barko ang nursing graduate?
if ever pde anu po ba ang pdeng work ng isang nursing graduate sa cruise ship?sana po msagot niyo to..tnx

gud eve po.. tanong ko lng po kng makakakuha pa po b ko ng seamansbook o renew khit wla akong sampa sa barko.
mlapit n po kc maexpired seamansbuk ko pro wla ko experince s barko. pero my abroad land base aq.
need ko dw mgrenew.
ano po b mga requirements?
slamat po.

Makaka kuha po ba ako ng seamansbook kahit wala pako passport?? salamat po sa sasagot

hello sir admin, pede po ba gamitin bosiet para sa pag apply ng seaman's book? thank you in advance po

hi, same po tayo case na me bosiet. nakakuha ka n b info kung pede sa pag apply ng seaman's book? thanks

Hello po pwede ba kumuha ng semans book kahit hindi pa tapos ng college?

saan po ba kuhanan ng seamans book sabi po nila meron daw po sa sm manila?

It seems that a lot of Filipino wanted to work on a ship. Just be wise and be careful enough on choosing the best shipping company in the Philippines.

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Gud am.
Ako kc di graduate? Pede rin ba ako mkakuha ng cav?

Gud am.
Ako kc di graduate? Pede rin ba ako mkakuha ng cav?

Gud am.
Ako kc di graduate? Pede rin ba ako mkakuha ng cav?

Good Evening Mam/Sir
Ask ko lng po kung anong traing center ang malapit sa quezon city?

under grad po ako ng bsmt anu kailngan kong tor ung sa undergrd ko or ung sa hs pa?merun na ako ng tor ng under grad ko...salamat

How much the total amount of payment for geting seamans book?

Good day! Ask ko lng mali kasi yung birthday ko sa sirb nagmamadali kasi ako nung kinuha ko di ko na napansin. Pano kya mbabago un?
Thank you :)

Send it back to marina office and request for correction together with proof nso certificate or passport stated your correct birthdate.

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pag renew ba ng sirb eh pwede yung bt refresher?or kelangan ulit mag training ng bt?

I'm 51 year old, practicing physician surgeon and planning to apply as an on board physician/medic. Do I have a big chance to get a job. I know O have to undergo Solas etc etc and already had ACLS last August.
Thank you

hi pwede po ba kumuha ng seamans book ang undergraduate sa college for example undergraduate ng bsMarE ?
thankyou po sa mga sasagot.

sir panu kung short course lng ako makakakuha po ba ako ng CAV

kung mag aapply po ng housekeeping... sa crewships... ano po lahat ng tranings na kukunin...

mga magkano po lahat ng magagastos...

hello po kailngan pa po ba ei redrebon ang requirments

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Panu poh makakuha ng seamans book.. kailangan bah ng anung mga requirements

Panu poh makakuha ng seamans book.. kailangan bah ng anung mga requirements

Hello po pwede po ba makakuha ng solas kahit under graduate ng high school?

Hello po pwede po ba makakuha ng solas kahit under graduate ng high school?

we're can foreigners get a seafarer course in Davao??any suggestion.

pwede po bang makakuha ng seaman book kht vocational coures lang ?? tnx po

Good day! Parehas tayo nang problema. Ung sa akin nagkamali ung place of birth ko. Ganun din bah gagawin ko pupunta ako sa marina tpod mag request nang correction tnx po.

Good day! Ask ko lang po Ung sa akin nagkamali lagay ko sa seamanbook ko sa place of birth. Tanung ko lng po anu gagawin ko.

Sir ask lng poh.kung pwd s marina cebu mkakuha ng seamansbook ngaun?

yung case ko naman po, may seamansbook na po ako kaso lang ang company yung nagpatraining sa akin requirement kasi for offshore. kaso pag uwi ko galing offshore kinuha na ng company ko yung seamans book ko. ang tanung ko kung pwede ba makakuha uli ng seamansbook gamit yung bosiet training ko ng company.

guys pwede po pkisagot tnong ko pwde po b mkakuha ng seaman book ang under graduate sa highschool

Kailangan ba lahat docs required para makapag apply ka ng seaman's book? Kailangan din bang makapag training kana muna? Pls. Help

I want to know what training I need when criminology graduate but have not passed the exam in the PRC

1993 pa po ung seaman book ng papa ko, pwede pa po ba marenew ung ganun katagal na seaman book ngayon??

Is this still the same requirements needed as of 2016? To be more specific, does the price for processing are still the same?

Hello po ask ko lang po kung pwede makakuha mg seaman's book kahit under grad ng high school? Pero may licensed at nc11. Pakisagot po please. Thnx and godbless you :)

Hello po ask ko lang po kung pwede makakuha mg seaman's book kahit under grad ng high school? Pero may licensed at nc11. Pakisagot po please. Thnx and godbless you :)

what if wla akong passport pwdi ba kumuha nang seamans book kasi yung passport q sa october pa appointment ..

what if wla akong passport pwdi ba kumuha nang seamans book kasi yung passport q sa october pa appointment ..

San po pwede magtraining para sa BT???

hi guys mzta kayo lahat.ask kulang po magkano po magagastos sa pag kuha ng seamans book at papano po kumuha? welder po ako tapos ng nc1 at nc2 sa tesda. sana po masagot nyo katanongan ko salamat.god bless all..

Sir an electrical engineer here,what are the requirements and how long is the training for us non marine courses
graduate? To avail that seaman's book

I need ypuor info sir here my number 09273133114 ask kulang po ang location ng training center ng solas gusto ko maging ligal pagiging seaman ko

CAV is a proof that you have graduated from the institution bukod pa ang diploma. You can get it from school admin.

can i get a seamans book even i am color blind? but i am applying for cook>

Hello po maam nd sir.. tanung q lng po..pwd po b aq makakakuha ng seamansbook kahit may mali ang nso q.imbs lasafin .ang nasa nso q po ay lazafin. Completo n po aq ng mga requiremnts un lng po ang problema q..po may naka attach po aq s nso q po na affidavit.. sana po mabgyan nyo po ako ng advice ano ggawin q.. pinapaus q n po kc yan s lcr kung saan aq punanganak..wla po kc birth tatay q kaya dq maaus ..merriege lng ng parents q at birth ng kapatid q ang meron para maaus ang nso q..salamat po...

Pano po kung hindi pa graduate ng college, yung TOR po ba sa High School yung i pe present? Bsmt student

Pano po kung hindi pa graduate ng college, yung TOR po ba sa High School yung i pe present? Bsmt student

kylangan b updated ung solas...ndi pede ung may certificate
kna dti..

I'm a undergraduate in high school but I have 4 TESDA certificates, I have a lot of experience, can I still get a Seaman's book? what are the requirements I need to complete?

Hi po ask q lng po pano po pag nwla na ung diploma?ang mron nlng po kc ung knuha qng certification s school n pnaggraduatan q dati n dun aq nagstay at grumaduate,,,at ano po ba ung CAV?

hello sir/ma'am pano po magpa edit ng seaman's book about distinguishing marks or magkano po ang babayaran sa marina thanks po. .

may expiration po ba ang bst?

Nakapag bst na kasi ako last 2010 kaso di pa ako kumuha ng seamans book. Now Im planning to apply for SB kaso nag aalangan ako baka dina pwede yung certificate ko.

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