Scheme Nickname: 
Coast Guard Security Card Application Appeal

Individuals can apply for a Coast Guard Port Security Card; their application is evaluated on a number of factors before a Card is granted, and the Commandant may withhold approval of the application based on these factors. Likewise, a current holder of a Security Card may be deemed inimical to the security of the United States by the Commandant. In both cases, the Commandant gives notice to the applicant/holder, who may file a written answer including documents/evidence pertinent to the matter. If the Commandant is still unsatisfied, he may refer the case to a three-member Hearing Board chaired by an officer of the Coast Guard.

After the hearing, the Board submits a recommendation to the Commandant, who makes the decision whether to issue or withhold/withdraw a Security Card. Applicants/holders who receive an unfavorable ruling may appeal to an Appeal Board at Coast Guard Headquarters. The Appeal Board holds a hearing under the same procedures, and makes a recommendation to the Commandant, who makes the final decision.

See 33 CFR Part 125

Adjudication Levels: 
LevelName of OfficeAre administrative appeals permitted from final decisions at this stage?
Hearing Level
Yes (All Types of Cases)
Appeal Level 1
Comments/Notes on Adjudication Structure: 
Both the Hearing and Appeal Boards send a recommendation to the Commandant, who makes the final decision.
Types of Adjudication: 
Type B
Verified by Agency: 
Not verified
Is this a Major Adjudication: