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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.

Boston Regional Exam Center

Hours of Operation:

***Closed all Federal Holidays***

Regional Exam Center: 8am to 4pm Monday through Friday
Exam Room: 8am 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:
ID required to enter building, access to REC is separate from Coast Guard Station

Parking is limited in Boston, recommend parking garage ($12-$15)

Tolls: Tobin Bridge $3.00, Massachusetts Turnpike various charges

Local Restrictions: Pilotage Instructions


Boston, Massachusetts

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455 Commercial Street
Boston, MA 02109

Phone: 1-(888) 427-5662

Fax: 1-(617) 223-3034


REC Boston will be closed at 11:00 am est, February 8, 2016. Due to inclement weather.

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.

Regional Exam Centers

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