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How to Get or Renew a Seaman’s Book in the Philippines

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Filipino seamen on board

Filipino seamen on board

Getting a seaman’s book in the Philippines is so simple and easy, whether you are getting a new one or renewing an existing one. This important document is also referred to as a Seaman’s Identification Record Book (SIRB). It is one of the major documents you need before you can work as a seafarer or overseas in a ship, boat, yacht or any marine vehicle.

Keep your seaman's book safe like your passport, as it is needed every time you are employed on a ship or on-board. The maritime company will stamp it every time. Your seaman’s book is also required when registering yourself in the POEA and getting a working visa or transit visa.

The seaman’s book is just one of the primary requirements for you to become a registered seaman in the POEA and work abroad. Before you apply for a seaman’s book, you need to fulfill the requirements for becoming a seaman, including training and a short course. The Basic Safety Training certificate is one of the prerequisites. When registering yourself in the POEA, you will also be required to take a medical examination. Just a tip, please make sure you undergo your medical exam only at a clinic and medical center accredited by POEA.

Seaman’s Book Requirements

Prepare original and photocopies of the following documents:

  • Basic Safety Course Certificate (also known as BST or Basic Seaman Training or STCW 95 Certification)
  • BST OR (Official Receipt)
  • Diploma (High school or College Diploma)
  • TOR (Transcript of Records) (High school or College)
  • CAV (Certification Authentication and Verification)
  • NSO Authenticated Birth Certificate
  • NBI Clearance – visa seaman purpose
  • 2 Passport-size photos with white background
  • P 815 Processing Fee (for 24-hour processing)
  • P 1515 for Rush processing (4 hours)
  • P 20 for uniform photo capture

Where to Apply

After completing the documents listed above, go to the MARINA (Philippine Maritime Industry Authority) office and apply for a seaman’s book. If you want to contact their office, just call 524-9122. The Marina office is at 984 Parkview Plaza, Taft Avenue corner Kalaw Street, Manila.

Update: Applying Online

Editor's note: As of 2020, the SIRB has been replaced by the SID/SRB (Seaman's Identity Document plus Seafarer's Record Book). Make appointments online with MARINA to apply for this document.

Seaman’s Book Renewal Requirements

To keep your SIRB valid, renew it before its expiration date. The requirements are the same as getting a new one. You just have to bring your old SIRB and proceed.


This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.


Ronald on August 24, 2020:

Pwede po bang walk in applicant sa sm marina Branch

joshua lucero on March 19, 2018:

hello how can i get or where i can get CAV (Certification Authentication and Verification)?

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Mike reyoso on July 16, 2017:

Im undergraduate in high school but i finish a vocational course is this enough as my requirements TIA.

Mir on May 22, 2017:

What is the age limit for applying anseamon book to work in the ship? I am 45 years old and I am a graduate of two year Marine Transportation twnety years ago and never try to apply for a seaman book. Thanks

Goldwin Alaba on March 28, 2016:

Hello Sir, Maam.

I realy been wanted to ask some questions

I been working Saudi Arabia im working As housekepping Team. For Six years and till present..i want secure a seaman book to experience to work in any ralated jobs most especially cook...i want to share my knowledge and technical skills..

alfie on February 24, 2016:

hello, Im a BS Industrial Technology Grad. ask ku lng po kung saan magandang training center for seafarer. tnx. on August 11, 2015:

hi... is there any age limit on applying as seafarers? because i'm trying to go back to school and take BSMT, i'm 29 years old right now..

need some advise please...

thanks and regards:

Vernie on July 31, 2015:

good day sir /mam, i am BSMarE gradute, pero d ko nagamit ang profesion ko gradute po ako 2006 age ko 32 n nga un pero my seaman book po ako pero expire n.poydi pa ba kong mag renew ng papers ko at poydi pa b kng maka sakay sa barko,pls advice thank you.

cita m quidilla on April 24, 2015:

sir, my sons wants to apply for a seaman's book but i don't know how to begin. will we go first to marina then they go for training or vice versa?

thanks po. please give me the steps sir.

benjie on April 21, 2015:

good day ma'am/sir..can i ask something??..crim student po ako, panu pag may 72 degree units po ako, pwede po ba ako mag training ng seaman?? i hope na masagot nyo po tanong ko...tnx po..godbless..

Mar. on April 08, 2015:


good day!!

may I ask if what age limit will be allowed to get a seaman's book, I am 25 years old , I planning to get seaman's book. can I? please advise me and more power... thanks.....

jun tongson on February 15, 2015:

I am a nurse with 3 yers experience at hospital...i already have my BST training...can i already get a seamans book if given all that saud req..

mindelyn on December 18, 2014:

is it neccesary to have a course related when applying as a seawoman? ..I was planning to shift and change my career as a seafarer...I was a graduate of Business Administration..can you please site me an advice...and where can I get the CAV? thank you

lilibeth on November 09, 2014:

lost seamans book po if obtained same p rin po ba un SIRB number thank you

Florca on October 16, 2014:


domie on September 22, 2014:

tanong ko lang graduate ako nang Associate in Marine Engineering last 1994 at nag apprentice ako nang 2 taon from 1994 to 1996 pero hindi ako continue as Seaman kasi naka pagabroad ako hanggang ngayon pero gusto kong sumakay ulit ..pero 39 yrs. old na ako ..may tatanggap pa kaya sa akin..?.anong mga kailangan ko..?

romy on September 13, 2014:

Tanong ko lang po mayron na bang seaman book ngaun? Kc last March binigay lang any sheet of paper

kiks on August 29, 2014:

im 35 y/o possible b mkakuha ng sirb. meron po b mga agencies n nagaacept ng ganitong eded.

dan on August 28, 2014:

gndng umaga sir,,,saan lugar mkakuha ng seamansbook sa Cagayan de Oro?

zaldy gilbuena on August 10, 2014:

Gud am.sir paano po ulet ako makakuha ng seamas book.nawala kc smans book ko 2yrs ago at expired na po un b4 mawala.tnx po.

Glen on June 27, 2014:

Marina sattelite have available SIRB now?

Allen on June 11, 2014:

Wondering if yung BST was issued and gained from Singapore Maritime, possible or accepted po kaya yun pag i-present as requirement sa pag kuha ng Seaman's book? or require lang talaga sa training center sa pinas?

jrm on May 21, 2014:

sir ask ku lang po sana if nag-issue na cla ng sirb,?

Jean on May 11, 2014:

Saan po makakakuha ng CAV?

kel simon on April 01, 2014:

baket naman po as early as 1 in the morning need na pumila ng mga seaman, wala po tayo sistema, at ganun kaaga para lang mka renew or kumuha ng seamans book

jayz on February 22, 2014:

sir ask ko lng po anu po requirments pag mg renew ng sirb? tpos po maexpired po yung sirb ko ng may pde na po ba ako mg renew?

gray on January 30, 2014:

ilang months ang limit para mkapag re-new ng sirb?

bluesrock on January 28, 2014:

even vocational or associated course can be b seaman or seawoman, as long as you have the proper req. Ands exp. Onboard interiland etc. And has a backer, s walang backer pa swertihan tlga n mkasampa at mgkaron ng exp.

bluesrock on January 28, 2014:

Sa training center

ronald on January 10, 2014:

san po pwedeng mag enrol ng BST?

jomer on December 19, 2013:

Sir matanung q lng po kht high skul gradw8 po ba pwede mag seaman my vocational po aq automotive at my nc2 na din po aq sana po matulungan nyo po aq pangarap q po kc mgng seaman tnx po

lester on December 05, 2013:

I just wondering if an OFW land based is there possibility to have a Seaman book and what is the requirements and the required training, what ever I Shift my Career to offshore Job

liz on November 06, 2013:

How long po ang processing days nang SIRB? Or ilang days expected makukuha ang SIRB?

Hi on October 22, 2013:

Hi I am a graduate of a different engineering course. I'm 31 years old and I want to restart my career as a seaman. Can you give me some advice?

arjie on October 21, 2013:

panu po pag 27 yrs old ka na mag grad possible pa bang makakuha ng seamans book??or pde pa bang makasampa ung ganung edad na kakagrad pa lang

Mag2 on October 08, 2013:

Hello poh, tanung ko lng poh sir, im planning to get a seaman's book. what if college undergrad ung tor parin buh sa college ang gagamitin to apply or pwede narin ung highschool TOR nlng. Thank you po sana matulungan nu ako sa concern ko.

ian on September 19, 2013:

Tanong ko lng pano magverify na original ang Sirb?

the Chief officer on September 02, 2013:

for renewal of SIRB, no need for transcript of records and diploma, those two mentioned are for 1st timer only..

Ryan on July 31, 2013:

sir ask lang po if anu po yung pwedeng gawin kapag nawala po yung OR ng bst ko? yun nalang po sana ang kulang para makakuha na po ako ng SIRB.. thanks po..

GIAN GARDE on July 01, 2013:

can i use my tesda certificate instead of tor of my high?my tor got wash out by ondoy on 2009

zshie on April 17, 2013:


6. The minimum qualification requirements for the issuance of SIRB are

as follows: a) must be a Filipino citizen, and b) 18 years of age, except

for cadets applying for the issuance of SIRB for shipboard

apprenticeship training who must be at least 16 years old at the time

of application.

-quoted from website/POLICY Issuance on SIRB

vince on April 10, 2013:

can someone answer me,are foreigners allowed to get a filipino semanbook?

christian on March 20, 2013:

pano pag 3yrs course at wala pang TOR but we need seamans book for our OJT .D pa NAMAN kami GRAdUATE

twentyfive (author) on January 14, 2013:

will post the requirements to a separate page soon :)

gary zaldy santos on January 08, 2013:

i lost my semans book.what is the requirements in getting a new one?do you have a record in it?pls reply

twentyfive (author) on October 09, 2012:

Update: Right timing, he sent me them now so check them out :)

twentyfive (author) on October 09, 2012:

I'm still waiting for a photo of a Filipino seaman who would gladly allow me post his here :) I have talked to a friend...hope he'll give me his photo soon coz I am only allowed to post photos that have creative common license for commercial use. Thanks for dropping by!

Taurean Doll from Philippines on October 09, 2012:

Hi, I was just wondering why of all photos you posted one that is from the US NAVY? I think it would be more appropriate if you posted a photo of Filipino Seamen since you are talking about getting Seaman's Book in the Philippines.

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