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Required Documentation for TWIC Applicants

United States (U.S.) Citizens born Inside and Outside the United States

U. S. Citizens (or U.S. Nationals) born inside the United States

If you are a citizen of the United States (or its outlying possessions) and you were born in the United States (or its outlying possessions), you must provide one document from column A or two documents from column B.  If you present two documents from column B, at least one of them must be a government-issued photo ID, such as a state-issued driver’s license, military ID card, or state identification card.


If you have legally changed your name, you must provide a court-ordered name change document in addition to the required documentation from List A or List B. For example, if you present a U.S. birth certificate with your maiden name and a driver’s license with your married name, you must also provide a marriage certificate that shows the link between the names on the birth certificate and the driver’s license.


Note:  U.S. Mariners who hold or intend to apply for U.S. Coast Guard issued-credentials should note that they may be required to provide the Coast Guard with copies of additional proof of nationality and/or citizenship.  Information on this can be found at: http://www.uscg.mil/nmc/security_evaluations/pdfs/resolve_ai_missing_cit...

List A – one document

  • Unexpired U. S. passport (book or card) – demonstrates U. S. citizenship
  • Unexpired Enhanced Tribal Card (ETC) – demonstrates U. S. citizenship
  • Unexpired Free and Secure Trade (FAST) Card – designates  U. S. citizenship if indicated on the FAST
  • Unexpired NEXUS Card – designates U. S. citizenship if indicated on the NEXUS
  • Unexpired Secure Electronic Network for Travelers Rapid Inspection (SENTRI) Card – designates U. S. citizenship if indicated on the SENTRI
  • Unexpired United States Enhanced Driver’s License (EDL) designates U. S. citizenship

List B – two documents (with one of the two being a government-issued photo ID)

  • Unexpired driver’s license issued by a State or outlying possession of the U. S.
  • Unexpired ID card issued by a State or outlying possession of the United States.  Must include a State or State agency seal or logo (such as state port authority ID or State University ID).
  • Original or certified copy of birth certificate issued by a State, county, municipal authority, or outlying possession of the United States bearing an official seal
  • U. S. military ID card or U. S. retired military ID
  • U. S. military dependent’s card
  • Expired U. S. passport (as long as the expiration date is not more than 12 months from the date of the enrollment) – demonstrates U. S. citizenship
  • Native American tribal document (with photo)
  • U. S. Social Security card
  • U. S. Military discharge papers (DD-214)
  • U.S. Civil marriage certificate
  • Unexpired Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC)
  • Unexpired Merchant Mariner Credential (MMC)

*Valid Proof of Name change (If needed)
Original or certified Copy of a Court Ordered Name Change Document (to include marriage certificates and divorce decrees) if the name on your photo ID and citizenship status document do not exactly match.

U. S. Citizens (or U.S. Nationals) born outside the United States

If you are a citizen of the United States (or its outlying possession) but you were born outside the United States (or its outlying possessions), you must provide one document from List A or two documents from List B.  If you present two documents from List B, at least one of them must be a government-issued photo ID, such as driver’s license issued by a State or outlying possession of the United States, military ID card, or identification card issued by a State or outlying possession of the United States.  One of the documents you provide must demonstrate that you are a citizen of the United States.

If you have legally changed your name, you must provide a court-ordered name change document in addition to the required documentation from List A or List B. For example, if you present a U.S. birth certificate with your maiden name and a driver’s license with your married name, you must also provide a marriage certificate that shows the link between the names on the birth certificate and the driver’s license.*

Note:  U.S. Mariners who hold or intend to apply for U.S. Coast Guard issued-credentials should note that they may be required to provide the Coast Guard with copies of additional proof of nationality and/or citizenship.  Information on this can be found at: http://www.uscg.mil/nmc/security_evaluations/pdfs/resolve_ai_missing_cit... .

List A – one document

  • Unexpired U. S. passport (book or card) – demonstrates U. S. citizenship
  • Unexpired Enhanced Tribal Card (ETC) – demonstrates U. S. citizenship
  • Unexpired Free and Secure Trade (FAST) Card – designates  U. S. citizenship if indicated on the FAST
  • Unexpired NEXUS Card – designates U. S. citizenship if indicated on the NEXUS
  • Unexpired Secure Electronic Network for Travelers Rapid Inspection (SENTRI) Card – designates U. S. citizenship if indicated on the SENTRI
  • Unexpired United States Enhanced Driver’s License (EDL)designates U. S. citizenship

List B – two original or certified documents (with one of the two being a government-issued photo ID, and one must demonstrate U. S. citizenship).

  • U. S.  Certificate of Citizenship (N-560, 561) –demonstrates  U. S. citizenship
  • U. S. Certificate of Naturalization (N-550 or 570) – demonstrates U. S. citizenship
  • U. S. Citizen Identification Card (I-179 or I-197) – demonstrates U. S. citizenship
  • Expired U. S. passport (as long as the exportation date does not exceed 12 months from the expiration date of the enrollment) – demonstrates U. S. citizenship
  • Consular Report of Birth Abroad (FS-240) – demonstrates U. S. citizenship
  • Certification of Report of Birth (DS-1350 or FS-545) – demonstrates U. S. citizenship
  • Unexpired driver’s license issued by a State or outlying possession of the United States
  • Unexpired ID card issued by a State or outlying possession of the United States.  Must include a State or State agency seal or logo (such as state port authority ID or State University ID).
  • U. S. military ID card or U. S. retired military ID
  • U. S. military dependent’s card
  • Native American tribal document (with photo)
  • U. S. Social Security card
  • U. S. Military discharge papers DD-214
  • U.S. Civil marriage certificate
  • Unexpired Department of Homeland Security (DHS) / Transportation Security Administration (TSA) Transportation Security Identification Credential (TWIC)
  • Unexpired Merchant Mariner Credential (MMC)

*Valid Proof of Name change (If needed)
Original or certified Copy of a Court Ordered Name Change Document (to include marriage certificates and divorce decrees) if the name on your photo ID and citizenship status document do not exactly match.

Latest revision: 25 August 2014