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 delay.

You MUST have a Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) from the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) before applying for a credential.

REC New York Visitors Instructions


If you have a morning appointment scheduled, you should arrive at 201 Varick Street by 0700. You will be entering the building at the Houston Street Entrance. The entrance is approximately 50’ west of the Houston and Varick Street corner. The signage above the doors says “201 VARICK –HOUSTON STREET ENTRANCE”. A Regional Exam Center (REC) New York staff member will meet you at the building’s front door at 0710 and escort you up to the REC. You will have already cleared the GSA background check for entering the building, but you will still need to show proper identification (Federal/State ID), pass through a metal detector, and anything you carry into the building will have to be x-rayed. Please note that no weapons of any kind are permitted in the facility. This includes any type of knife (pen knife, tools with knife blade, pocket knife, credit card sized tools with knife blade). Security will not hold any object for you, nor will you be allowed to discard it on the property. Instead, you will have to go outside and discard in trash or bring to your vehicle.

Because the building doors are not open to the public until 0800, the only means for accessing the REC will be when the REC staff member accompanies you into the building at 0710. Mariners must be escorted throughout the building until officially opens to the public at 0800. Exams consist of two sessions the first at 0730-1100. The second at 1130-1500. Pilots who are completing a chart sketch or local knowledge exams will be asked to stop testing at 1100 as well.

It is strongly suggested that if you are taking multiple examinations in a day you bring a light snack. While you are permitted to leave the building after your first module of the day, there usually is a long line to get back into the building to go through security again. If you leave the building it is on you to be back in time for the second testing session at 1130.

Please note that there are no public restrooms on the 9th floor, the floor the REC is located. Therefore, the REC will strictly follow the Rules of the Examination Room and not allow any restroom breaks during an examination module. (Public Restrooms are located at the Federal Building Cafeteria on the 12th floor)

Public transportation remains your best option for visiting the REC. The 1 train stops at Houston and Varick Street. If you choose to drive, there is a parking garage a few blocks from the building. Street parking immediately surrounding the building is reserved for Federal vehicles.


REC New York counter and exam services will be by appointment only.  No walk-in appointments are available.  Late arrivals for appointments will not be permitted, and will require rescheduling to another appointment date.

Only the mariner conducting business may enter the REC.  Additional members in your party must remain outside the REC during the appointment.

Mariners will be subject to COVID-19 screening questions and temperature checks.

Mariners experiencing COVID-19 symptoms (fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, or diarrhea), will not be permitted to enter the REC/MU and will need to reschedule their appointment.

Mariners are required to wear a face covering at all times.  Those who refuse to wear a face covering, or who remove face coverings during exams or counter appointments, will be dismissed and could be subject to examination module failure.  Persons with documented health issues which prevent them from wearing face coverings must notify the REC/MU when scheduling an appointment.

All fees must be satisfied prior to arriving at the REC for your counter service or examination appointment. is the preferred method of payment. A receipt or other proof of payment will be required in order to take an examination and should be e-mailed to the REC prior to your arrival.

For an examination appointment, mariners should bring a receipt, their own #2 pencils, photo ID, a non-programmable calculator, and plotting equipment.  No other personal belongings are allowed in the facility.

You can submit your application via email which is the preferred method to, or mail.

Exam Room Hours are 7:30 am to 3:30 pm, Monday through Friday (Excluding all Federal Holidays).


  1. Send an email request to:
  2. The email MUST include the following information:
  1. Full name.
  2. Mariner reference number (MRN).
  3. Date(s) requesting exam or come in person counter service
  4. Cell phone number (For confirmation purposes).
  5. If requesting to take and exam attach approved-to-test letter to the email.


Building Access:  The REAL ID Act of 2005 prohibits Federal agencies from accepting, for official purposes, driver's licenses and identification cards from states not meeting the Act's minimum standards (Oregon, Oklahoma). As of Friday, October 1, 2021, Federal agencies will be prohibited from accepting driver's licenses and identification cards from the listed states for accessing federal facilities and military installations. In order to gain access to an REC, you must provide a valid driver's license or identification card from a state that meets the Act's minimum standards OR by providing some form of currently valid federal identification (passport, TWIC, MMC, etc.). Failure to provide proof of acceptable identification will prevent you from entering the REC to conduct business which may affect your credential and/or application. 

Parking: Parking is available at your own expense.

TollsBridge and Tunnel information.

FerriesNew York Waterways Ferry information.

BusNew York City Transit Bus schedule.

SubwaySubway information

Please note that many states have implemented travel restrictions or quarantines for individuals arriving from certain high COVID areas of the country.  Before you travel to the REC, you are encouraged to check the state specific public health website for current restriction or quarantine information via the following link.

When accessing this website, select the applicable state health department link and review information and updates on COVID-19 and /or travel advisories.

Note: If you arrive at the REC and it is determined that you have violated state travel or quarantine restrictions you will not be permitted to enter the REC and will have to reschedule you examination appointment.