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Bulgaria - Obtain a Seaman Book

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A Seaman's Book is a record of a seaman's career certifications and experiences. Seaman's book serves to account for seagoing service of seafarers. It does not take place of a passport or a visa.


You need to pass a basic safety course in order to be eligible to obtain a seaman book.

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  • Competent department: Qualification and registration of seafarers in Directorates "Maritime Administration" - Burgas, Varna, Lom, Ruse and section "Seafarers" in Directorate "Inspection Activity" - Sofia.
  • Basis: International Convention for national certificates of seafarers' identity

Required Information

  • Full name as written on identity card
  • Place of birth
  • Personal identification number
  • Permanent address
  • Phone number
  • Serial number of seaman passport
  • Date of submission of application
  • signature


  • Documents must be filed in the relevant Department "Maritime Administration" where the person is registered or in the front office of the Executive Agency "Maritime Administration" in Sofia.
  • Upon submission of the documents that person must present original documents for verification with the photocopies.

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Required Documents

  • Application for issuance of seaman book
  • Photocopy of diploma (in first registration and in change the type of education)
  • Photocopy of certificates for additional and special training
  • Expired seaman book( if any)
  • 2 photos - 33х40mm
  • Photocopy of medical certificate
  • Document for paid fee


  • ordinary service- 10 levs
  • express service-30 levs

The price of the seaman book is 15 levs itself.


The seaman’s book has no expiration date.

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Processing Time

  • ordinary service-up to 3 days
  • express service-up to 8 hours

Office Locations & Contacts

The address and contact information of Executive Agency “Maritime Administration”-Sofia can be found in the link below:

"Maritime Administration" – Varna:

"Maritime Administration" – Burgas:

"Maritime Administration" – Ruse:

"Maritime Administration" – Lom:

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Information which might help

Express service for the issuance of seaman's book is executed only if the application is submitted in the front office of the Executive Agency "Maritime Administration", Sofia.

Other uses of the Document/Certificate

With a seaman book you can work on ships around the world.

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