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§ 7702.
Administrative procedure
(a)
Sections 551–559 of title 5 apply to each hearing under this chapter about suspending or revoking a license, certificate of registry, or merchant mariner’s document.
(b)
The individual whose license, certificate of registry, or merchant mariner’s document has been suspended or revoked under this chapter may appeal, within 30 days, the suspension or revocation to the Secretary.
(c)
(1)
The Secretary shall request a holder of a license, certificate of registry, or merchant mariner’s document to make available to the Secretary, under section 30305(b)(7) of title 49, all information contained in the National Driver Register related to an offense described in section 205(a)(3)(A) or (B) of that Act 1
1
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committed by the individual.
(2)
The Secretary shall require the testing of the holder of a license, certificate of registry, or merchant mariner’s document for use of alcohol and dangerous drugs in violation of law or Federal regulation. The testing may include preemployment (with respect to dangerous drugs only), periodic, random, and reasonable cause testing, and shall include post-accident testing.
(d)
(1)
The Secretary may temporarily, for not more than 45 days, suspend and take possession of the license, certificate of registry, or merchant mariner’s document held by an individual if—
(A)
that individual performs a safety sensitive function on a vessel, as determined by the Secretary; and
(B)
there is probable cause to believe that the individual—
(i)
has, while acting under the authority of that license, certificate, or document, performed the safety sensitive function in violation of law or Federal regulation regarding use of alcohol or a dangerous drug;
(ii)
has been convicted of an offense that would prevent the issuance or renewal of the license, certificate, or document;
(iii)
within the 3-year period preceding the initiation of a suspension proceeding, has been convicted of an offense described in section 30304(a)(3)(A) or (B) of title 49; or
(iv)
is a security risk that poses a threat to the safety or security of a vessel or a public or commercial structure located within or adjacent to the marine environment.
(2)
If a license, certificate, or document is temporarily suspended under this section, an expedited hearing under subsection (a) of this section shall be held within 30 days after the temporary suspension.
(Pub. L. 98–89, Aug. 26, 1983, 97 Stat. 546; Pub. L. 99–36, § 1(a)(3), May 15, 1985, 99 Stat. 67; Pub. L. 101–380, title IV, § 4103(a)(1), Aug. 18, 1990, 104 Stat. 510; Pub. L. 105–383, title III, § 304(a), Nov. 13, 1998, 112 Stat. 3419; Pub. L. 108–293, title IV, § 407, title VI, § 609(2), Aug. 9, 2004, 118 Stat. 1044, 1058; Pub. L. 115–232, div. C, title XXXV, § 3546(f), Aug. 13, 2018, 132 Stat. 2326.)
cite as: 46 USC 7702