What is a TWIC card?
The TWIC card program is administered by the U.S. Coast Guard and the Transportation Security Administration (TSA). It’s a federal identification credential that allows workers in the transportation industry to access secure areas, such as high-security maritime facilities, vessels, warehouses and more. A TWIC card can also allow workers unsupervised access to certain areas.
Who needs a TWIC card?
A TWIC card is usually necessary for employees or professions within the transportation industry. These employees or professions may include:
Truck drivers: Truck drivers accessing secure ports or facilities or transporting high-security cargo
Coast Guard employees: First responders, security personnel and others usually require a TWIC card
Maritime security employees: Any personnel that need to attend to secure areas or cargo
Employees traveling internationally: Employees that cross into international waters or countries or regularly fly to international areas
Application fees vary depending on the applicant. As of 2022, the fees are:
New applicant: $125.25
New applicant reduced rate (with hazardous materials endorsement or a Free and Secure Trade card): $105.25
Replacement card: $60
This fee is nonrefundable and can be paid in-person at a TWIC application center. Fees are payable by credit card, money order, company check or certified or cashier’s check. We DO NOT ACCEPT CASH Once you submit payment and your application is approved, your TWIC card is valid for the next five years.
If you pay the reduced rate with a hazardous materials endorsement or a Free and Secure Trade card, your TWIC card will be valid five years from the document’s issue date rather than your TWIC application date.
Individuals are eligible to apply for a TWIC card if they meet any of the following conditions:
Lawful permanent resident
Non-immigrant alien, asylee or refugee in lawful status
Individuals applying for a TWIC card must satisfy certain requirements. They must:
Be fingerprinted at a TWIC application center
Take a facial photo at a TWIC application center
Requirements for TWIC cards
Please bring at least one of the documents in List A.
If you do not have a document from List A, please see List B documents.
- Unexpired U.S. Passport (book or card)
- Unexpired Enhanced Tribal Card (ETC)
- Unexpired Free and Secure Trade (FAST) Card
- Unexpired NEXUS Card
- Unexpired Secure Electronic Network for Travelers Rapid Inspection (SENTRI) Card
- Unexpired Global Entry Card
- Unexpired U.S. Enhanced Driver’s License (EDL) or Unexpired Enhanced Identification Card (EID)
- Permanent Resident Card (I-551) often referred to as a “Green Card”
- Unexpired Foreign Passport AND immigrant visa with I-551 annotation of “Upon Endorsement Serves as Temporary I-551 Evidencing Permanent Residence of 1 Year”
- Unexpired Re-entry Permit (I-327) An original or certified copy of a document must be issued by a federal, state, tribal, county, municipal authority, or outlying possession bearing an official sea
- Pay a non-refundable application and processing fee
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Bring at least two documents from the list below. if you do not have a document from List A. The documents must include:
1.) a valid photo ID and
2.) a document that meets citizenship requirements. (e.g. one document from each column below)
- Unexpired CDL/driver’s license issued by a State or
outlying possession of the U.S.
- Unexpired temporary CDL/driver’s license plus expired
driver’s license (constitutes one document)
- Unexpired photo ID card issued by the federal government
or by a State or outlying possession of the U.S. This must
include a federal agency, State or State agency seal or logo
(such as a State university ID). Permits are not considered
valid identity documents (such as gun permits).
- Unexpired U.S. military ID card
- Unexpired U.S. retired military ID card
- Unexpired U.S. military dependent’s card
- Native American tribal document with photo
- Unexpired Department of Homeland Security (DHS)
- Transportation Security Administration (TSA)
- Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC)
- Unexpired Merchant Mariner Credential (MMC)
- Expired U.S. passport within 12 months of expiration**
- Valid Proof of Citizenship
- U.S. Birth Certificate
- U.S. Certificate of Citizenship (N-560 or N-561)
- U.S. Certificate of Naturalization (N-550 or N-570)
- U.S. Citizen Identification Card (I-179 or I-197)
- Consular Report of Birth Abroad (FS-240)
- Certification of Report of Birth Abroad (DS-1350
Checking eligibility and requirements beforehand can help make the application process smoother and faster. Employees should ensure that they possess all the required documentation.
Benefits of employees carrying TWIC cards
Your business may benefit from employees carrying TWIC cards, especially if you plan to contract your services to high-security clients. Benefits may include:
Increased job opportunities with higher security clearance
Establishing that your employees are trustworthy and reliable
Higher compensation when your company qualifies for higher security jobs
Even if individuals meet the above eligibility criteria, they may still be disqualified. Disqualification may happen if applicants provide incomplete or false application information, or if they have disqualifying criminal offenses on their record. These disqualifying offenses may include terrorist activity, extensive foreign or domestic criminal convictions or activities involving espionage or treason. TSA also performs background checks on applicants, collecting data from databases like Interpol and the terror watch list.
If applicants have been convicted of a lesser criminal offense, they may still be eligible under certain conditions. Lesser crimes, such as bribery, smuggling, immigration violations and assault, will disqualify the applicant if conviction occurred within seven years of the date of application or if the applicant was released from incarceration within five years of the application date. Disqualification for felons may be waived if applicants provide adequate documentation denoting positive and trustworthy behavior. Applicants with active warrants will be disqualified until the warrant is released or the indictment dismissed.