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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: We highly recommend that you schedule an appointment before coming to a Regional Exam Center. Walk-Ins for applications will be handled on a "Space Available" basis only. Exams are by Appointment only.

Oakland 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 3:30pm 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 Federal Building Regulations must be met by the mariner. If you have made an appointment, please print out your appointment confirmation and use the "appointment line" for quicker access into the building.

Parking is available

No tolls

Local Restrictions:


Oakland, California

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Oakland Federal Bldg. North Tower
1301 Clay Street
Room 180N
Oakland, CA 94612-5200

Phone: 1-(888) 427-5662

Fax: 1-(510) 637-1126


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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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