The Transportation Worker Identification Credential

The Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) stands as a critical requirement under the Maritime Transportation Security Act, ensuring secure access for individuals within the nation maritime facilities and vessels. To obtain this credential, the TSA conducts a comprehensive security threat assessment, determining eligibility before issuance.


Who Needs a TWIC?

Primarily, individuals requiring access to secure zones within maritime facilities and vessels necessitate a TWIC®. This includes U.S. citizens, lawful permanent residents, naturalized citizens, nonimmigrant aliens, asylees, or refugees in lawful status. Additionally, most U.S. Coast Guard-licensed mariners are mandated to possess this credential.

Application Process:

To initiate the application process individuals can opt for online submission or complete it in person at designated application centers. Scheduling an appointment via phone or online is recommended, although walk-ins are accommodated based on availability. At the application center, applicants must provide necessary documentation, undergo fingerprinting, and have a facial photo taken. Essential documents include a current U.S. passport, driver license, and birth certificate. The non-refundable fee, valid for five years, can be paid via various methods, such as credit cards, money orders, or certified/cashier checks.

Fee Structure:

New Applicant:


New Applicant Reduced Rate:

$93.00 (requirements apply)

In-Person Renewal:


Online Renewal:


Replacement Card:


Eligibility and Considerations

Applicants should take note of potential ineligibility factors, including incomplete or false application information, disqualifying criminal offenses, and other determining factors highlighted by the TSA assessment criteria.

Reduced Rate Eligibility:

To qualify for the reduced rate, applicants must present a valid driver license with a hazardous materials endorsement or a Free and Secure Trade card. It is essential to note that selecting the reduced rate extends the card validity to five years from the chosen document issuance date.

Application Timeline:

Given the current demand and processing times, TSA strongly recommends applying or renewing the TWIC at least 60 days before the card validity is required. Applicants can choose to have the card mailed to their home address or collect it from the application center. Checking the application status online is an option available at any time.