Security – TWIC

Transport Worker Identification Credentials

The nearest TWIC enrollment centers are located in Panama City, Fl and Chickasaw, Al.

The Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) is a vital security measure that will ensure individuals who pose a threat do not gain unescorted access to secure areas of the nation’s maritime transportation system.
TWIC was established by Congress through the Maritime Transportation Security Act (MTSA) and is administered by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and U.S. Coast Guard. TWICs are tamper-resistant biometric credentials issued to workers who require unescorted access to secure areas of ports, vessels, outer continental shelf facilities and all credentialed merchant mariners. Over 1 million workers including longshoremen, truckers, port employees and others are required to obtain a TWIC.
The Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) is a vital security measure that will ensure individuals who pose a threat do not gain unescorted access to secure areas of the nation’s maritime transportation system.
TWIC was established by Congress through the Maritime Transportation Security Act (MTSA) and is administered by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and U.S. Coast Guard. TWIC’s are tamper-resistant biometric credentials issued to workers who require unescorted access to secure areas of ports, vessels, outer continental shelf facilities and all credentialed merchant mariners. Over 1 million workers including longshoremen, truckers, port employees and others are required to obtain a TWIC.

To obtain a TWIC, an individual must provide biographic and biometric information such as fingerprints, sit for a digital photograph and successfully pass a security threat assessment conducted by TSA. Pre-enrollment is recommended as it is designed to save the applicant time by enabling them to provide their biographical information and make an appointment for in-person enrollment.

To obtain a TWIC, an individual must provide biographic and biometric information such as fingerprints, sit for a digital photograph and successfully pass a security threat assessment conducted by TSA. Pre-enrollment is recommended as it is designed to save the applicant time by enabling them to provide their biographical information and make an appointment for in-person enrollment.
TWIC Contact Information:
  • Web site: www.tsa.gov/twic
  • TWIC Program Help Desk: 1-866-DHS-TWIC (1-866-347-8942) Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. – 10 p.m. Eastern.
  • Please visit homeport.uscg.mil/twic for answers relating to Coast Guard enforcement and TWIC implementation.
  • Owners/operators/FSOs/VSOs/CSOs are encouraged to seek guidance directly from their local Captain of the Port TWIC action officer.
TWIC Escorts:

TWIC holders who escort non-TWIC holders in secure areas of MTSA regulated vessels, facilities, and OCS facilities are required to meet the training requirements listed in 33 CFR 104.225, 105.215, or 106.220 (Security training for all other vessel/facility/OCS facility personnel). Specifically, escorts must have knowledge of owner/operator’s escorting procedures, and the procedures and contingency plans determined by the owner/operator if an escorted individual is engaged in activities other than those for which escorted access was granted.

While monitoring or side-by-side physical accompaniment must be conducted by individuals who possess TWICs, escorts are not considered “facility personnel with security duties” as described in 33 CFR 104.220 or 105.210 or 106.215.

 

LINKS:

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