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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

You must provide an original or certified copy* of identity documentation during enrollment and the names on all documents must match exactly with the name you provided on your application.

If you have legally changed your name, you must provide an original or certified name change document (such as marriage certificates and divorce decrees) in addition to the required documentation. 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.

If you have any of the documents from List A below, please provide one of these documents during enrollment. If you do not have a document from List A, please see below for List B documents.

List A – ONE document is acceptable from the following forms of identification:

  • 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 card
  • Unexpired NEXUS Card – designates U.S. Citizenship if indicated on the NEXUS card
  • Unexpired Secure Electronic Network for Travelers Rapid Inspection (SENTRI) Card – designates U.S. Citizenship if indicated on the SENTRI card
  • Unexpired Global Entry Card – designates U.S. Citizenship if indicated on the Global Entry card
  • Unexpired U.S. Enhanced Driver’s License (EDL) or Enhanced Identification Card (EIC) – designates U.S. Citizenship if indicated on the EDL or EIC

List B – At least two documents are required if you do not have a document from List A. One of the two documents must include
a valid photo ID.

The names on all List B documents must match exactly with the name provided on your application unless you provide an original or certified copy of an official name change document.

Valid Photo ID

  • Unexpired driver’s license issued by a State or outlying possession of the U.S.
  • Unexpired temporary driver’s license plus expired driver’s license
  • Unexpired photo ID card issued by the federal government or by a State or outlying possession of the U.S. This must include a federal agency, State or State agency seal or logo (such as a State university ID). Permits are not considered valid identity documents (such as gun permits).
  • Unexpired U.S. military ID card
  • Unexpired U.S. retired military ID card
  • Unexpired U.S. military dependent’s card
  • Native American tribal document with photo
  • Unexpired Department of Homeland Security (DHS)/ Transportation Security Administration (TSA) Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC)
  • Unexpired Merchant Mariner Credential (MMC)
  • Expired U.S. passport within 12 months of expiration**

Other List B Documents

  • U.S. Birth Certificate
  • U.S. Social Security card
  • U.S. military discharge papers (DD-214)

*An original or certified copy of a document must be issued by a Federal, State, Tribal, county, municipal authority, or outlying possession bearing an official seal.  Notarized copies of documents are not acceptable.

** An expired U.S. passport may not be presented by itself. It must be presented with at least one other List B document (and a name change document if needed).

Note: U.S. Mariners who hold or intend to apply for United States Coast Guard (USCG) issued-credentials may be required to provide the USCG with additional documentation. Click here for more information.

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

You must provide an original or certified copy* of identity/citizenship status documentation during enrollment and the names on all documents must match exactly with the name you provided on your application.

If you have legally changed your name, you must provide an original or certified name change document (such as marriage certificates and divorce decrees) in addition to the required documentation. 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.

If you have any of the documents from List A below, please provide one of these documents during enrollment. If you do not have a document from List A, please see below for List B documents.

List A – ONE document is acceptable from the following forms of identification:

  • 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 card
  • Unexpired NEXUS Card – designates U.S. Citizenship if indicated on the NEXUS card
  • Unexpired Secure Electronic Network for Travelers Rapid Inspection (SENTRI) Card – designates U.S. Citizenship if indicated on the SENTRI card
  • Unexpired Global Entry Card – designates U.S. Citizenship if indicated on the Global Entry card
  • Unexpired U.S. Enhanced Driver’s License (EDL) or Enhanced Identification Card (EIC) – designates U.S. Citizenship if indicated on the EDL or EIC

List B – At least two documents are required if you do not have a document from List A. The documents must include 1) A valid photo ID, and 2) A document that meets citizenship requirements (e.g. one document from each column below, for a total of two documents).

The names on all List B documents must match exactly with the name provided on your application unless you provide an original or certified copy of an official name change document.

Valid Photo ID

  • Unexpired driver’s license issued by a State or outlying possession of the U.S.
  • Unexpired temporary driver’s license plus expired driver’s license
  • Unexpired photo ID card issued by the federal government or by a State or outlying possession of the U.S. This must include a federal agency, State or State agency seal or logo (such as a State university ID). Permits are not considered valid identity documents (such as gun permits).
  • Unexpired U.S. military ID card
  • Unexpired U.S. retired military ID card
  • Unexpired U.S. military dependent’s card
  • Native American tribal document with photo
  • Unexpired Department of Homeland Security (DHS)/ Transportation Security Administration (TSA) Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC)
  • Unexpired Merchant Mariner Credential (MMC)
  • Expired U.S. passport within 12 months of expiration**

Valid Proof of Citizenship

  • Consular Report of Birth Abroad (FS-240)
  • Certification of Report of Birth Abroad (DS-1350 or FS-545)
  • U.S. Certificate of Citizenship (N-560 or N-561)
  • U.S. Certificate of Naturalization (N-550 or N-570)
  • U.S. Citizen Identification Card (I-179 or I-197)
  • Expired U.S. passport within 12 months of expiration**

*An original or certified copy of a document must be issued by a Federal, State, Tribal, county, municipal authority, or outlying possession bearing an official seal.  Notarized copies of documents are not acceptable.

** An expired U.S. passport may not be presented by itself. It must be presented with at least one other List B document (and a name change document if needed).

Note: U.S. Mariners who hold or intend to apply for United States Coast Guard (USCG) issued-credentials may be required to provide the USCG with additional documentation. Click here for more information.

Latest revision: 24 September 2014