How to Get a Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC)

  1. Go to the Transportation Security Administration page on getting a TWIC.
  2. Choose the first option that comes up.
  3. Choose “Pre-enrollment”.
  4. Make an online appointment. You can find the nearest TWIC center by returning to the main page and choosing “Enrollment Center Info”.
  5. Gather your IDs. Use your valid US Passport (it is proof of citizenship). DO NOT use your MMC or your MMA ID.
  6. Bring your payment of $125.25. TSA accepts credit card, certified bank check, or money order. Personal checks are NOT accepted.
  7. Attend your appointment. You can try “walking in,” but remember, anyone with an appointment will take precedence.
  8. Make your payment and submit your application. Answer “YES” to questions 1 & 2, make sure that your occupation is listed as “MARINER.”
  9. Check the TSA website from time to time to see if your card is ready for pick-up. Turn-around time is averaging 2-3 weeks.
  10. After having received your card, call either one of the following two numbers (866-347-8942 or 866-347-9942) & ensure your occupation is listed as “MARINER.” The person you talk to will give you a confirmation number. Write that number & the date you called on one of the copies that you submit to me.

Am I eligible to get a TWIC?

  • Any US citizen may apply for a TWIC.
  • Any resident alien may apply for a TWIC.
  • Please note that any foreign student on an F-1 visa should see the STCW Officer for a special procedure before applying for TWIC.

I have my TWIC. What’s next?

  • When you receive your card, submit two (2) clear copies of the card (front and back on the same sheet of paper) to your Company Officer.
  • You will need your TWIC for access to the ship.

What should I do if I’m denied a TWIC?

  • First, you need to notify the STCW Officer in writing of the reason that you were denied.
  • If you were denied on eligibility criteria, there may be no recourse.
  • If you were denied for a different reason, please make an appointment to see the STCW Officer and discuss the appeal process.