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How to get Seaman’s Book in the Philippines – Requirements for New and Renewal of SIRB

Updated on October 9, 2012

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


It is so important to keep it safe like your passport as this is needed every time you are employed in 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 working visa or transit visa.


Before you get a seaman’s book, I assume you know how to become a seaman in the Philippines. You need to attend the required training and short course before you can apply for a seaman’s book because the Basic Safety Training certificate is one of the per-requisites.


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 pcs 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


on board Filipino seamen
on board Filipino seamen

After completing the documents listed above, go to the MARINA (Philippine Maritime Industry Authority) office and apply for a seaman’s book. You can also apply online if they have the online service available after I posted this page in case. Marina’s official website is marina.gov.ph. If you want to contact their office, just call 524-9122. The exact address of new Marina office is at 984 Parkview Plaza, Taft Avenue corner Kalaw Street, Manila.


The seaman’s book is just one of the primary requirements for you to become a registered seaman in the POEA and work abroad. As entry level, it is so simple I must say. When registering yourself in the POEA, you will also be required to take 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 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.

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      Taurean Doll 4 years ago from Philippines

      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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      twentyfive 4 years ago

      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!

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      twentyfive 4 years ago

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

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      gary zaldy santos 4 years ago

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

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      twentyfive 4 years ago

      will post the requirements to a separate page soon :)

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      christian 4 years ago

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

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      vince 4 years ago

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

      dianetiteca@yahoo.com

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      zshie 4 years ago

      @vince

      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 Marina.gov.ph website/POLICY Issuance on SIRB

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      GIAN GARDE 3 years ago

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

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      Ryan 3 years ago

      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..

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      the Chief officer 3 years ago

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

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      ian 3 years ago

      Tanong ko lng pano magverify na original ang Sirb?

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      Mag2 3 years ago

      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.

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      arjie 3 years ago

      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

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      Hi 3 years ago

      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?

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      liz 3 years ago

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

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      lester 3 years ago

      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

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      jomer 3 years ago

      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

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      ronald 3 years ago

      san po pwedeng mag enrol ng BST?

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      bluesrock 3 years ago

      Sa training center

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      bluesrock 3 years ago

      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.

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      gray 3 years ago

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

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      jayz 3 years ago

      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?

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      kel simon 3 years ago

      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

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      Jean 2 years ago

      Saan po makakakuha ng CAV?

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      jrm 2 years ago

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

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      Allen 2 years ago

      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?

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      Glen 2 years ago

      Marina sattelite have available SIRB now?

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      zaldy gilbuena 2 years ago

      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.

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      dan 2 years ago

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

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      kiks 2 years ago

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

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      romy 2 years ago

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

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      domie 2 years ago

      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..?

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      Florca 2 years ago

      I 37 yo AT THE MOMENT, FEMALE, REGISTERED NURSE HAD 10YEARS MORE HOSPITAL EXPERIENCE BUT RECENTLY STOPPED WORKING WITH MORE THAN 2YEARS OF WORK GAP. I WANT TO TRY ANOTHER JOB, IS THERE ANY NURSING JOB OFFSHORE?

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      lilibeth 2 years ago

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

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      waray..2_men_u 2 years ago

      panu po ako magkakaron ng basic safety course certificate?

      high school grad. lng po ako.

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      walid william basical 2 years ago

      Pwd poh makakuha nang namber para makatawag poh d2 kasi ako sa qatar salamat poh

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      mindelyn 2 years ago

      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

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      jayso james 2 years ago

      ako po ay may asthma kaya di ko po alam kung makakapasok ako o matatanggap ako sa seaman pero pwede po ba ang tulad ko na makapasa sa mga training ninyo ...

      sana po pwede ty..

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      feliciano luluquisin 2 years ago

      Pwede po ba makakuha ng seamans book ang undergraduate college basta kumpleto ng training?

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      jun tongson 2 years ago

      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..

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      Lester 2 years ago

      Sir. Ask ko lang po. Nawala po kasi seamansbook ko. Fresh graduate po ako. Bago lang po seamansbook ko. Kaso nawala. Pano po gagawin ko?

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      Lester 2 years ago

      Sir. Ask ko lang po. Nawala po kasi seamansbook ko. Fresh graduate po ako. Bago lang po seamansbook ko. Kaso nawala. Pano po gagawin ko?

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      Mar. 2 years ago

      sir/mam,

      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.....

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      benjie 2 years ago

      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..

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      cita m quidilla 2 years ago

      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.

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      BEN ORCA 2 years ago

      GOOD DAY! ASK KO LANG PO ANY COURSES PO BA OPEN SA SEAMAN? BUSINESS ADMIN KSI TNPOS Q TANONG Q LANG KUNG QULIFIED DN BA AQ?

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      mayflor_ondoy@yahocom 24 months ago

      my age limit po ba ang pag se seaman? thanks!

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      j_berdol@yahoo.com 21 months ago

      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.

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      nm0272@gmail.com 20 months ago

      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

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      joseph Beleta 20 months ago

      Good afternoon sir/Madam ask ko lang po kung pwedeng maging seaman ang vocational lng ang natapos .may NCII po ako ng automotive at NCII ng welding ...paki inform nlang po ako here's my # 09461425681 09773952281

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      Michael encinares 20 months ago

      Mam may limit age po ba sa pag aplay ng seaman

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      MELINDA 19 months ago

      GUD PM..ask q lang po qng san kumukuha ng certification authentication and verification or CAV?at qng paano kumuha?

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      Jul 15 months ago

      hello, im a bs criminology grad. Pwde kaya ako mag seaman? salamat sa sasagot.

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      alfie 14 months ago

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

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      janice silva 13 months ago

      Hello Im working in restaurants Dubai..ask ko LNG saan po pedeng mag training para makakuha ng seaman book?

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      Goldwin Alaba 13 months ago

      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..

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