Transportation Worker Identification Credential

The Transportation Security Administration developed the transportation Worker Identification Credential Program in response to the Maritime Transportation Security Act of 2002. MTSA requires use of a biometric identification credential by individuals who require unescorted access to secure areas of maritime facilities and vessels. Before issuing a TWIC, TSA must conduct a security threat assessment on the TWIC applicant. An applicant who, as a result of the assessment, is determined to not pose a security threat, will be issued a TWIC. The Coast Guard will use TWIC data received directly from TSA to determine the status of your TWIC. No mariner credentials will be issued without confirmation from TSA that an applicant has been approved to hold a TWIC.

If you are applying for a merchant mariner credential you must have at least applied for your TWIC before the Coast Guard will accept your application. Your credential will not be issued until your TWIC is approved.

Who Needs a TWIC card?

Everyone who now holds an active USCG Merchant Mariners Document or that is applying for a USCG Merchant Mariners Document (This means any size Captain’s license of any scope)

What do I need to apply?

1. Drivers License, Passport, Social Security card and USCG License (if applicable). New applicants will not have a license

2. Fingerprints

3. Sit for a digital photograph

4. Pay the established TWIC Fee $125.25

How do I apply?

To pre-enroll go to the TSA web site then click on pre-enrollment and follow the instructions or call 1-866-347-8942.

OR Visit the USCG Web-site at or call 1-866-289-9673 Transportation Worker Identity Credential (TWIC) Interactive Application TWIC Disclosure and Certification form TWIC Disclosure and Certification Form