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The Transportation Worker Identification Credential, also known as TWIC®, is required by the Maritime Transportation Security Act for workers who need access to secure areas of the nation’s maritime facilities and vessels. TSA conducts a security threat assessment (background check) to determine a person’s eligibility and issues the credential. U.S. citizens and immigrants in certain immigration categories may apply for the credential. Most mariners licensed by the U.S. Coast Guard also require a credential. Regarding card usage and facility access requirements, please contact the U.S. Coast Guard.


Complete the online application or you can complete the entire process in person at an application center.
Schedule an appointment online or call (855) 347-8371 weekdays, 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. ET. Walk-ins are welcome but appointments take priority.
Visit a TWIC application center to:
  1. Provide required documentation, fingerprints, and facial photo. Bring your current U.S. passport or a driver’s license and birth certificate. See other acceptable documents.
  2. Pay a non-refundable fee valid for five years with a credit card, money order, company check or certified/cashier’s check.
    • New applicant: $128
    • New applicant reduced rate: $105.25*
    • Replacement card: $60
  1. 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.

To be eligible for the reduced rate you must present a valid driver license with a hazardous materials endorsement, or a Free and Secure Trade card. Please note, if you select the reduced rate, your new TWIC card will be valid for five years from the chosen document’s issuance date.


You may apply if you are a U.S. citizen, lawful permanent resident, naturalized citizen or a nonimmigrant alien, asylee, or refugee who is in lawful status.

Applicants may be ineligible due to:


How will my name appear on my TWIC® card?

Your first and last name only will be displayed on your TWIC® card.  Prefixes and suffixes are not displayed.

What happens after I submit my application?

TSA’s goal is to provide you with a response within 30-45 days of receiving the information you provided at enrollment. This may take longer if there was difficulty capturing your fingerprints during enrollment. You can check your status online at any time.

What are the rules for handling a TWIC®?

  • Protect your card by keeping it in the hard plastic case provided with your TWIC.
  • Do not place or hang in direct sunlight (for example, do not place on dashboard, visor, or hang from rear view mirror of automobile).
  • Do not flex, bend, or punch a hole in the card.
  • Do not carry the TWIC in your wallet, as it is subject to bending.
  • Do not laminate or apply any tape or labels to the TWIC.
  • Do not punch a hole in the card to wear it on a string; use the card holder.
  • Do not place the card near a magnet or in a strong magnetic field.Industrial magnets (e.g. scrap yards, container lifters, etc.) may damage a TWIC if it is in close proximity to the magnetic source.

What personal information is stored on my TWIC® card?

Your full name, expiration date, digital photo and two fingerprints.

How do I renew my TWIC®?

Follow the same steps as a new applicant to renew your TWIC® card.

How do I know my personal information is safeguarded?

Privacy and the security of your personal information are critical to TSA and to those participating in TSA programs. To ensure your privacy is protected, your data is encrypted, stored and transmitted securely using methods that protect the information from unauthorized retrieval or use.

How can I request a replacement TWIC® card or request a card transfer?

Request a TWIC® replacement card or card transfer online or call 855-347-8371 weekdays from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. ET.  If paying by company check or with a money order, you must visit an application center and have the card ordered.

If I find my lost card after I reported it missing, can I still use it?

No.  If you find your card after ordering a replacement, then you should destroy the old card or return it directly to TSA to the address on the back of the card. 

How can I go to work—gain access to a facility—while waiting for my replacement card?

U.S. Coast Guard policy allows workers who meet certain requirements to continue to have access to a regulated facility while waiting for their replacement card.  One of the conditions is to have a receipt showing that you ordered a replacement card.  Please contact the U.S. Coast Guard for further details on their policy.

What if I no longer meet the eligibility requirements?

You must report the disqualifying condition to TSA and surrender your TWIC to TSA by mailing the card to the address on the back.

Can a TWIC® card be confiscated or taken from an individual by an employer?

No. The TWIC® card is the property of TSA.

Exception: an employer must retrieve a TWIC® card from an alien when their work visa expires and return it to TSA.  Law enforcement, TSA or U.S. Coast Guard personnel may also confiscate a TWIC if used in conjunction with a crime.

What is the TWIC annotated B-1 visa and who can apply for one?

Foreign nationals who perform maritime services in the United States and require access to secure areas of facilities and vessels can apply for this type of B-1 visa, specifically designed for the TWIC program. These individuals are required to meet the eligibility requirements set forth by the Department of State for a B-1 visa (‘Temporary Visitor for Business’) and are required to provide an official letter from their employer stating that a TWIC is required to perform the individual’s job in the maritime industry.
This letter must be provided to the relevant U.S. Embassy or Consulate as part of the individual’s visa application.  The employer letter must contain details such as the type of work performed by the individual, the location and duration of the work, as well as employer contact information is required if additional information or follow up is necessary.

What if I receive a Preliminary Determination of Ineligibility letter from TSA?

If TSA finds potentially disqualifying information, TSA will send you a letter with instructions on how to proceed.

Contact TWIC

(855) 347-8371
8 a.m. to 10 p.m. ET


  • New Requirement

    Starting July 1, 2015, applicants who were born in the United States, and who claim U.S. citizenship, must provide documents to prove their citizenship. Visit required documentation for updated information.

  • Mailed Cards

    Applicants who request to receive their card by mail will receive a phone or email notification that the card has been mailed. You have 60 days to report if you did not receive the card. Failure to report in 60 days will result in a $60 fee to replace the lost card.