TRANSPORTATION WORKER IDENTIFICATION CREDENTIAL
TWIC was established by Congress through the Maritime Transportation
Act of 2002 (MTSA) and is administered by the Transportation
Security Administration (TSA) and U.S. Coast Guard (USCG). TWICs
are tamper-resistant biometric credentials that will be issued
to ALL USCG CREDENTIALED MERCHANT MARINERS, as well as workers
who require unescorted access to secure areas of ports, vessels,
and outer continental shelf facilities.
By April 15, 2009, all USCG credentialed mariners will be
required to hold a TWIC in order for their license, Merchant
Mariner Document (MMD), Certificate of Registry (COR), or
Standards of Training, Certification, and Watchkeeping (STCW)
endorsement to remain valid. Failure to obtain a TWIC may
result in suspension or revocation of a mariner’s credential
under 46 U.S.C. 7702 and 7703.
To obtain a TWIC, an individual must visit an enrollment
center where they will pay the enrollment fee, provide biographic
information and a complete set of fingerprints, and sit for
a digital photograph. Pre-enrollment is highly encouraged
as it is designed to save the applicant time and provides
the ability to make an appointment. You will need to pick
up your TWIC, after being notified it is ready, at the same
enrollment center where you applied. The cost for TWIC is
$132.50 and it is valid for five years. Mariners who already
hold a USCG credential may pay a reduced fee of $105.25, however,
their TWIC will then expire when their USCG credential expires.
For more information on the TWIC program including enrollment
locations please visit TSA’s websites at http://www.twicinformation.com/twicinfo/index.jsp
Additional information can be found on the Coast Guard’s
HOMEPORT website at http://homeport.uscg.mil/twic.