Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC)
Who needs a TWIC?
All individuals requiring unescorted access to secure areas of MTSA-regulated facilities and vessels must obtain a TWIC, including:
- Coast Guard-credentialed merchant mariners;
- Port facility employees;
- Long shore workers;
- Truck drivers;
- Vessel pilots;
- Individuals doing work on a towing vessel that pushes, pulls, or hauls alongside a tank vessel; and
- Other individuals engaged in port security activities, as determined by DHS.
An employer may not require an employee to apply for a TWIC if the employee’s job does not require unescorted access to secure areas of MTSA-regulated facilities or vessels. TWIC applicants must show a good faith need for the TWIC in their application.
In order to obtain a TWIC, an applicant must make an appointment at an enrollment center, visit the enrollment center to complete the TWIC application, provide biographic informatoin and fingerprints, pay the enrollment fee, and sit for a digital photograph. Once the application is processed, the TWIC is usually mailed directly to the applicant.