The National Maritime Center issued the following news release on August 28.
Temporary Closure of REC Houston
Regional Exam Center (REC) Houston will be closed until further notice. The REC has been affected by Hurricane/Tropical Storm Harvey and will remain closed until public services are restored and it is safe to travel within the Houston area.
Please do not fax or mail applications to REC Houston at this time. Although electronic applications are still being accepted, paper applications should be sent to another REC for processing. Alternate REC mailing information can be found on the National Maritime Center (NMC) website.
The NMC will continue to work applications submitted prior to Friday, August 25. If you recently mailed or faxed an application to REC Houston you may contact the NMC at the number below to ensure it has been received.
Further, mariners needing to schedule application and examination appointments during the closure should contact the NMC by Chat, by calling 1- 888-IASKNMC (427-5662), or via e-mail to IASKNMC@uscg.mil.
/K. R. Martin/
Kirsten R. Martin
Captain, U.S. Coast Guard
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