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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.

Baltimore 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: Building has armed security and visitors must be screened along with all baggage brought in the building. No weapons allowed in the building.

Parking: There is expensive metered parking in front of the building, and several expensive parking garages within one block walking distance.

Tolls: Driving from the North of Baltimore will incur tolls at the tunnels on I-95.

Local Restrictions:

Baltimore, Maryland

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US Custom House Bldg.
40 S. Gay St.,
Room 420
Baltimore, MD 21202-4022

Phone: 1-(888) 427-5662

Fax: 1-(410) 962-0930


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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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