Regional Examination Center Seattle Reopens

The National Maritime Center’s Regional Examination Center Seattle is the latest to reopen to offer exam services on a limited basis.

REC Seattle, which opens Sept. 14, joins RECs Boston, Honolulu, Houston, Juneau, Long Beach, Memphis, Miami, and Toledo, and Monitoring Units Ketchikan and San Juan now open to mariners who need to obtain or recertify their credentials.

To make an appointment, contact the following:

REC Boston –
REC Honolulu –
REC Houston –
REC Juneau –
REC Long Beach –
REC Memphis –
REC Miami – or (305) 536-4331
REC Seattle –
REC Toledo –
MU Ketchikan – (907) 225-4496 (extension #3)
MU San Juan – (787) 729-2368

Emails seeking an appointment should have the person’s name, mariner reference number, requested testing date(s), phone number, and a copy of their Approved to Test letter(s), according to the USCG.

Exams are only by appointment. Walk-ins will not be allowed and customer service will be conducted remotely. Test-takers will be checked for COVID-19 and those with symptoms will not be allowed to enter the center and will have to reschedule their exams. Mariners must wear masks and those who refuse or remove theirs will be asked to leave and could receive a fail.

Exams fees must be paid before coming to a center for an exam and a payment proof will be needed before taking a test. Mariners should come with pencils, photo identification, a non-programmable calculator, and plotting instruments. Other personal items won’t be allowed in the center.

The Customer Service Center is available from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. EST weekdays.

Contact 1-888-IASKNMC (427-5662) and for more information.

By Sarah Spangler