Mariner Credentialing

12/10/2018: Temporary closure of Regional Exam Center Anchorage

The National Maritime Center posted a bulletin on its website announcing that Regional Exam Center (REC) Anchorage is closed until further notice. The REC was affected by a magnitude 7.0 earthquake that occurred Nov. 30, 2018. Do not fax or mail applications to this REC. Paper applications should be sent to another REC for processing. The National Maritime Center will continue to work applications submitted prior to Nov. 30, 2018. If you recently mailed or faxed an application to REC Anchorage, you may contact the NMC at the number below to ensure it has been received.

Updates concerning the status of REC Anchorage, as well as other REC and Monitoring Unit location information, may be found on the REC Homepage of the NMC website. Mariners needing to schedule application or examination appointments during the closure should contact the NMC via online chat, by calling 1-888-IASKNMC (427-5662), or by e-mailing

This blog is not a replacement or substitute for the formal posting of regulations and updates or existing processes for receiving formal feedback of the same. Links provided on this blog will direct the reader to official source documents, such as the Federal Register, Homeport and the Code of Federal Regulations. These documents remain the official source for regulatory information published by the Coast Guard.

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