Government Shutdown Affects NMC, RECs

The Coast Guard reported that due to the partial government shutdown, the National Maritime Center (NMC) and all Regional Exam Centers (RECs) are closed until further notice.  Customer walk-in service is suspended.  Examinations and other REC appointments are canceled, and REC appointment calendars are closed.

Applications may continue to be emailed or mailed in and will be processed when the shutdown is over.

The following limited operations are being maintained:

  • The customer service center call center is open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. EST, Monday through Friday. The center can be reached at 888-IASKNMC (888-427-5662) and
  • The NMC website will provide updates on NMC and REC operating status.
  • Applications or mariner training provider documentation can be emailed or mailed and will be processed when the partial shutdown is over.

“The NMC understands the partial shutdown may affect our industry customers and stakeholders and we apologize for any potential inconvenience,” Capt. Kirsten Martin, commander of the NMC, said in the announcement.

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