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How To Get a TWIC Card


TWIC actually stands for Transportation Workers Identification Credential. Now that’s a mouthful, but the reason for the card is really pretty simple: It is a security clearance required by the Maritime Transportation Security Act for workers to access certain secure areas of the the U.S.’s maritime facilities and ships. In other words, if you work at the ports or with a company that has to access these areas, you’ll probably need the card.

The good news is it is relatively inexpensive and easy to get.

The Transportation Security Administration does a background check to figure out if you’re eligible for the credential. U.S. citizens and immigrants (in certain categories) can apply for a TWIC card.

How Do I Apply?

Step 1: Complete the online application or you can apply in person at an application center.

Step 2: 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.

Savannah Location: IdenttoGo

What Do I Bring?

  1. Provide required documentation, be fingerprinted and take a facial photo. Bring your current U.S. passport or a driver’s license and birth certificate. See other acceptable documents.

How Much Does It Cost?

A new applicant pays $128 (non-refundable) for a card that lasts 5 years. You can use a credit card, money order, company check or certified/cashier’s check. (You can qualify for a lower payment of $105.25 if you present a valid driver license with a hazardous materials endorsement, or a Free and Secure Trade card. If you choose the reduced rate, your new TWIC card will be valid for five years from the chosen document’s issue date.)

If you have lost your card and need to replace it, you will pay $60.

How Do I Get the Card?

You can choose to 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.