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Complete applications for mariner credentials must be submitted through a Regional Exam Center or Monitoring Unit. Complete applications are accepted electronically, by mail, fax, or in person with an appointment.

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Appointments: REC Charleston does not accept walk-ins. You MUST have an appointment.

Charleston Regional Exam Center

Hours of Operation:

***Closed all Federal Holidays***

Regional Exam Center: 7:30am to 3:30pm Monday through Friday
Exam Room: 7:30am to 3:00pm Monday through Friday

Exam Scheduling: ALL Mariners are required to schedule their exams 3 working days prior to visiting a Regional Exam Center.

Exam Rules: Exams must be completed within the week started and on consecutive days. For those taking more than one module, a minimum of two modules per day is required. If applicable, mariners must bring plotting tools.

Building Access: All visitors will be cleared through a Sector Charleston Gate Guard to access the Regional Examination Center. All visitors must have a TWIC/Govt ID to enter the base. 

We do have a drop off box for your application at the gate.

Parking: Free parking available on the street in front of the base.


Local Restrictions:

Charleston, South Carolina

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196 Tradd Street
Charleston, SC 29401-1899

Phone: 1-(888) 427-5662

Fax: 1-(843) 720-3259


Will be closing at noon on Wednesday 26 November 2014 and will reopen Friday 28, 2014. REC Charleston will be closed on November 14, 2014.

Regional Exam Centers (REC) pre-screen applications, administer examinations, conduct oversight of Coast Guard approved courses, and support community outreach programs. It is important that you provide the Regional Exam Center with a complete application package to avoid delays.

You MUST have a Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) from the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) before applying for a credential.

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