Regional Exam Center Portland has been closed as a precaution due to a potential COVID-19 exposure in a neighboring building. No further information at this time..

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.

Portland, Oregon

Hours of Operation

***Closed all Federal Holidays***

Regional Exam Center Hours: 7:30am to 3:30pm Monday through Friday.

Exam Room: Arrive 30 minutes before your scheduled examination to allow for registration. Opens at 7:00am, AM Exam Session 7:30am-11:00am, PM Exam Session 12:00am -3:30pm, Monday through Friday.

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.

Exam Scheduling: If taking an examination, an appointment MUST be scheduled at least 2 business days in advance prior to visiting a Regional Exam Center.  Examination modules must be taken in consecutive examination periods. If you are taking a First Class Pilot examinations they must be coordinated directly with the REC.

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: 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). On 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: Metered street parking is available as are several parking garages in the area; plan on at least 1-2 hours

Tolls: No tolls