Is SID Card Mandatory For Seafarers? Seafarers Identity Document

SID is a Seafarers Identity Document Card, Is SID Card Mandatory for Seafarers or not? So SID is not mandatory for joining any kind of Ship so far but SID is mandatory document If you wish to renew your expiring STCW Courses or Your Indian CDC.

I just travel January 2023 from New Delhi to USA for Joining crew ship and Came back from Port Canaveral USA to New Delhi on September 2023 and I found no one asked me anything about SID Card.

But Recently I got an notification from DG Shipping that SID is mandatory document for renewing your STCW and Indian CDC.

What Documents are Required for Applying for SID Card?

Seafarers Identification Document Card is very important documents for seafarers and the documents required for Seafarers Identity Document is Print Report, Original CDC, Original Passport and Receipt of Payment. At the SID Center you need to show all these documents and they will verify all these documents and they will capture your biometric data.

And the DG Shipping SID fees is Rs.300 Only which you can pay only and you can reschedule your appointment up to three time at same money.

If you want to reschedule due to any reason then you will have to cancel your present appointment date after that you can reschedule again.

But in any case you are going to take fourth time appointment then you will have to pay SID fees again and after that you can take fresh appointment.

Where to Go for SID Appointment in Delhi?

SID Office in Delhi is in Noida Sector 1 with the name of MMD Noida and the address of MMD Noida Sector 1 is below-

MMD Noida Office Address

Address:- 3rd Floor, IWAI Building, A-13 Sector-1 Mayur Vihar, Block A, Noida, UP-201301

MMD Noida Nearest Metro Station And How To Reach MMD Noida?

MMD Noida nearest metro station is Noida Sector-15, and from there you need to exit from gate number-1.

Metro Station Noida  Sector-15

Once you exit from gate number1, then you will see the board of UDYOG MARG, Mahatma Gandhi Chock and Police Choky Gol Chakar Thana phase-1.


From there keep walking for 2-3 minutes and take your left from the first cut, After walking few step you will see ATM of HDFC Bank and SBI bank on your right side.

ATM of HDFC Bank

Next to ATM you will see English Wine Shop and just opposite of English Wine Shop you will see MMD Office.

English Wine Shop

At the gate of MMD you can ask security for your visit purpose and ask the permission to visit for your appointment.

MMD Office

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How to Apply for SID DG Shipping|| Seafarers Identity Document

SID means Seafarer Identity Document and BSID means Biometric Seafarer Identity Document. The seafarer Identity Document(SID) is crucial for seafarers and, now SID is compulsory for every seafarer. You can apply SID on the DG Shipping website, the details are given below.

If you are seafarers then you must apply for SID because this is also the most important documents for all seafarers, same as CDC and Passport. And now no one can fly for cruise ship or ship jobs If they do not have Seafarer Identity Document(SID).

This has also become a very important document for all seafarers. BSID is all about you which reflects the biometric data about you. Before a seafarer could not fly without CDC and now SID will be the main reason.

There are many benefits have SID, If anyone has SID then he/she will be able to have unrestricted movement in other countries during vacation. Seafarers will get recognized in the international market as a seafarer. It also helps to get more job opportunities.

DG Shipping SID Apply Procedure

To apply for DG Shipping SID is very easy for everyone, Here you can follow the step-by-step process to apply for DG Shipping BSID(Biometric Seafarer Identity Document).

Step-1. Download Mozilla Firefox 40.0.x or higher.

Step-2. Browse the DG Shipping SID login portal at

Step-3. Login to SID portal using INDOS NO as username and password followed by you.

Step-4. Once login, Click on the link apply for SID.

Step-5. Here you need to check INDOS and CDC details and then click on ” Continue”.

Step-6. Check your personal detail in the given form and then click on ” Continue”.

Step-7. Fill the dispatch address where you want to deliver your SID and then ” Continue”.

Step-8. Here in other details they will ask you few question regarding CDC and passport Like:-

1. Have you ever applied for SID before? Yes, or No, Marked here No.

2. Are you under Debarred for applying? (A) CDC (B) SID, Yes or No. Marked here No No on each.

3. Please state whether you possess these documents? (A) Indian Passport (B) Indian CDC, Yes or No. Marked here Yes Yes on each.

Step-9. At last they will ask you disclaimer and then summit.

Step-10. You need to make a payment of Rs. 300 by online as per your choice like Debit card, Credit Card, Net banking, etc.

Step-11. Here you need to schedule an appointment as per the available date and time. They have a few centers in India Like- Chennai, Kolkata, Mumbai. Noida, Goa, New Mangalore, Kochi, Vizag, Kandla(Gujarat).

Step-12. Print out of “Report and Acknowledgement” and carry at center with CDC and Passport.

If you have any queries then you can watch this video or you can contact me for any queries, the contact details given in video.

Document Required for SID or BSID

This is the whole process of applying SID or BSID, The SID is mandatory now for all seafarers. If you are applying for SID then you need India CDC only. If you have Bahama CDC or Belize CDC then you can not apply for SID. You need only Indian CDC for applying BSID online. So you need Indian CDC and Indian Passport for applying for SID. If you are from India.

Things to Remember While Applying SID

  1. Your internet browser must be support 128-bits.
  2. The minimum versions of Mozilla Firefox should be 40.0.x or higher.
  3. Your all the document should be ready and updated on DG shipping website in master checker.
  4. If anythings is mismatch in your CDC and INDOS then please do not apply for SID otherwise your appointment will get cancels.
  5. To make any change in your CDC and INDOS, you need to send a mail on “” with a scan copy of your Passport, CDC, and INDOS certificate.

If you do not know how to do E-Learning on DG Shipping then you can visit here to know in detail.

Appointment Center in India for SID|

There are many center in India for SID or BSID where you can choose an available date and time and visit on time. These center are :-

  1. Chennai
  2. Kolkata
  3. Mumbai
  4. Noida
  5. Goa
  6. New Mangalore
  7. Kochi
  8. Vizag
  9. Kandla ( Gujarat)

So far they have a total of 9 appointment centers all over India. Here you need to choose Fresh Appointment if you are applying for the first time.

If you think you are not able to reach on center as per the appointment date and time then you can cancel the appointment and you can schedule for another.

You can change your appointment to three-time for free but If you change more than three-time then you need to pay another Rs.300 payment.

SID Collection Centre| BSID Collection Centre

NoidaMercantile Marine Department, IWAI Bhawan, 3rd Floor, A-13, Sector-01, Noida – 20130
ChennaiGovernment Shipping office/Seaman’s Employment office, Anchorgate Building 3rd Floor, Rajaji Salai, Chennai – 600001
KolkataGovernment Shipping Office Marine House, Hastings, Kolkata – 700022.
MumbaiGovt Shipping office, Nov Bhavan, 10, RK Marg Ballard Estate, Mumbai – 400001
GoaMercantile Marine Department, Headland Sada, Goa – 403804
KochiMercantile Marine Department, Willingdon Island, North End PO, Kochi – 682009
KandlaMercantile Marine Department, Plot No. 16, Sector-8, Government Office Area, Behind KPT Admin Building, Near Maitri Bhavan, Gandhidham – 370201
New MangaloreMercantile Marine Department, Type V Qtrs., First Floor, MMD Resi Qtr. Bldg, 23rd Street, Panambur, New Mangalore – 575010
VizagMercantile Marine Department, # 7-8-26/A, Harbour Park Down, Visakhapatnam – 530003

1. Is SID mandatory for Seafarers?

Ans. Yes, SID is mandatory for all seafarers now, If you do not apply yet then apply now for SID or BSID. Anyone without SID can not fly to join the ship.

2. How do I apply for SID in DG Shipping?

And. Visit at then login with your INDOS No and password followed by you, Click apply for SID at top left side bar.

3. What are the requirements for SID?

Ans. You need only CDC and Passport to apply for SID or BSID, without these documents you can not apply for SID.

4. What does BSID and SID stand for?

Ans. SID stands for Seafarer Identity Document and BSID stands for Biometric Seafarer Identity Document.

How do I cancel SID Appointment?

It’s a very simple step to cancel SID Appointment, You just need to follow the instruction.

  • open the website on FIREFOX MOZILLA, Never open google chrome because the DGS website does not support Google Chrome.
  • Here you need to log in with your INDOS NO. Password must be followed by INDOS No with 1.
  • On the SEAFARERS MENU, you will find Cancel Appointment at number five, You just need to click on that and follow the instruction.
  • You can cancel your appointment up to three-time with the same fees after that you will have to pay your appointment fees.

How to Reschedule appointment for SID || Reschedule appointment for BSID

  • Simply log in to the website with your INDOS NO and Password.
  • Click on Application Status on the Seafarers menu.
  • You will find payment status active and,
  • If you will see that your online application for a SID card has been successfully submitted. and Here they will ask you to schedule your appointment.
  • There you will find types of appointments like Fresh appointment, Lockdown appointment, and UK_ Brazil Appointment.
  • Here you can choose a fresh appointment or a Lockdown appointment and then you will find Appointment center options.
  • You can choose as per nearest appointment center.

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DG Shipping SID Contact Number

Government Shipping office, Nav Bhavan Building,
10, R.K. Marg, Ballard Estate, Mumbai-400 00l ( India )