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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


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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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