Transportation Worker Identification Credential, or TWIC®, is required by the Maritime Transportation Security Act for workers who require access to secure areas of maritime facilities and vessels.
The TSA determines a person’s eligibility by conducting a security threat assessment (background check) and then issuing the credential. Citizens of the United States and immigrants in particular immigration categories may apply for the credential.
The majority of Coast Guard-licensed mariners also require a credential. Contact the U.S. Coast Guard for information on card usage and facility access requirements.
What Is a Twic Card for Truck Drivers?
The official definition of TWIC is straightforward: it is a card that grants access to maritime facilities and vessels without additional verification.
Together with the United States Coast Guard, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) issues TWIC cards that grant access to secure facilities. This clause is governed by the Maritime Transportation Security Act of 2002.
The TWIC card contains personal and biometric information, which port authorities can access via a contactless reader. Alternatively, they can verify the bearer’s identity by scanning the barcode.
Who Needs a TWIC Card?
As stated previously, every individual who wishes to enter any MTSA facility must possess a TWIC card.
So what is a truck driver’s TWIC card?
This card grants all cardholders the same privileges and freight opportunities. After obtaining a TWIC card, all occupations have the same level of access to secure facilities.
Other professionals who may be required to obtain a TWIC card include:
- Coast guard personnel.
- Marine security personnel.
- Personnel aboard cruise ships.
- Customs personnel.
- Merchant seamen.
- Maritime workers
- Staff members at the port
- Individuals who require unaccompanied access to MTSA-regulated areas.
Advantages of A TWIC Card
Due to the difficulty of obtaining accreditation, let’s examine the potential benefits of having a TWIC card:
- You may enter ports without being escorted by security personnel.
- Your TWIC card will save you time at government port facilities by reducing the number of inspections you must undergo.
- Since the TSA issued your TWIC card, it is valid for travel.
- Your TWIC card increases your employability, as large carriers may favor drivers with multiple credentials.
- Without a TWIC ID, you may have difficulty transporting cargo to and from secure ports and other maritime facilities, which will cost your business or employer money.
- You can either complete the application online or in person at an application center.
- Book an appointment online or by calling (855) 347-8371 from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. ET, Monday through Friday. Walk-ins are accepted, but appointments are preferred.
- Visit an application center for a TWIC to:
Documentation, fingerprints, and a photo of the face are required. Bring your valid U.S. passport or driver’s license1 along with your birth certificate.
See additional acceptable documents. Pay a five-year non-refundable fee with a credit card, money order, company check, or certified/check. cashier’s
1 New applicant: $125.25
2 New applicant reduced rate: $105.25*
3 Replacement cards: $60
You can have your card mailed to your home address or you can pick it up at the application center. You can check your status online at any time.
You may apply if you are a U.S. citizen, lawful permanent resident, naturalized citizen, or a lawfully-status nonimmigrant alien, asylum seeker, or refugee.
Applicants may be ineligible due to the following:
- Incomplete or false application information.
- Disqualifying criminal offenses and other factors.