POEA Online Registration System will replace the old Seafarer’s Registration Certificate according to POEA Administrator Hans Leo J. Cacdac.

The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) issued guidelines on Online Registration Of Seafarers in compliance with POEA Governing Board Resolution No. 13, Series of 2016.

This move started in August 2016 and changes were made to their website infrastructure to facilitate a huge number of applicants  completing their POEA Online Registration.It also make the SRC or Seafarer’s Registration Certificate obsolete since this new system is more efficient, cost effective, time saver and provides less hassles to seafarers due to the fact that you can access the  POEA Online Registration System anywhere in the world as long as you have internet access.

According to Cacdac, the new POEA Online Registration System is part of the government’s plan to have a Universal ID System in place that is acceptable to all government agencies and Port States in compliance  with ILO Convention No. 185 or the Seafarer’s Identity Document Convention.

As most of you already noticed, the Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA) sets mandatory requirements for all seafarers to get their Seafarer’s Registration Number or SRN. If you want to process your COP, SIRB, COC, and licensure exams in MARINA, you need to have an SRN.

 POEA Online Registration System

MARINA’s Seafarer’s Registration Number and POEA’s Online Registration for Seafarers is part of the database sharing campaign for the successful development of the Universal ID System. The POEA Online Registration for Seafarers will also serve as a source of valuable information on maritime labor market for policy research and development.

Everything can be done online and you don’t need to go to POEA to register. Here are a quick checklist for qualifying the POEA Online Registration for Seafarers.

  • The registrants should be at least 18 years old (except cadets).
  • Graduate of maritime courses or any related courses applicable to maritime employment
  • With SIRB issued by MARINA, and
  • No medical or legal impediments to qualify from overseas employment.

I also made a simple and comprehensive guide on How to Create Your POEA e-Registration Profile so you won’t get lost completing it. Just click on the link and you and you are on your way to completing your POEA Online Registration for Seafarers.


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