Information For Applicants
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) developed the Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC™) Program in response to the Maritime Transportation Security Act of 2002 (MTSA). 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.
Each applicant for a TWIC™ must provide biographic information, identity documents, biometric information (fingerprints), sit for a digital photograph, and pay the established TWIC™ fee. TSA will send pertinent parts of the enrollment record to the FBI, as well as within the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), so that appropriate terrorist threat, criminal history, and immigration checks can be performed. TSA will review the results of the checks to determine if the person poses a security threat, and will notify the applicant of he results. When TSA determines that an applicant qualifies to receive a TWIC, a credential will be produced and sent to the enrollment center at which the applicant applied. The applicant will return to the enrollment center for issuance and activation of the TWIC card. Possession of a TWIC™ does not guarantee access to secure areas because the owner/operator controls which individuals are granted unescorted access to the facility or vessel. Rather, TWIC™ is a secure, verified credential that can be used in conjunction with the owner/operators risk-based security program that is required in security regulations issued by the Coast Guard.