Having been around for several years now, the necessity of a TWIC (the Transportation Worker Identification Credential) for drivers needing unescorted access to secure areas of US ports is common knowledge. To obtain a TWIC card, criminal background checks and threat evaluations are performed. And, as of July 1, 2015, applicants who were born in the United States, and who claim U.S. citizenship, must provide documents to prove their citizenship. Visit required documentation for updated information. 

How to Apply

The application process can be long and a bit complicated. First off, to complete an application, drivers need to visit the TSA TWIC Website to familiarize themselves with the process. You will need to complete the following steps:

  1. Complete an online application. Alternatively, you can complete the entire process in person at an application center.
  2. Schedule and appointment online or call (855) 347-8371 (8am-10pm ET, weekdays). Although walk-ins at application centers are welcome, priority is given to those who have appointments.
  3. Head to a TWIC application center in order to complete the application process:
    • Provide required documentation, fingerprints, and facial photo. Bring your current U.S. passport or a driver’s license and birth certificate. See other acceptable documents.
    • Pay a non-refundable fee valid for five years with a credit card, money order, company check or certified/cashier’s check.
    • You can have your card mailed to your home address or you can pick it up at the application center. Applications can also check their status online at any time. 


You may apply if you are a U.S. citizen, lawful permanent resident, naturalized citizen or a nonimmigrant alien, asylee, or refugee who is in lawful status. Applicants may also be ineligible due to incomplete or false application information or disqualifying criminal offenses and factors.

Top 10 TWIC Tips

Here are some basic helpful hints when applying for a TWIC that many of our drivers have found useful in the past:

  1. Pre-enrollment is not required. But, it does help speed up the application processing time vs. waiting at an Enrollment Center for an available time slot. You can pre-enroll online or via telephone at 1-866-DHS-TWIC. Pre-enrolling allows you to select a date and appointment time best suited for your schedule.
  2. You will need to pick a singleTWIC Enrollment Center for the entire process. You are required to pick up and activate your card from the same location where you enrolled.
  3. With few exceptions, TWIC Enrollment Centers DO NOT have tractor-trailer parking available. You may be able to find parking for a bobtail; it is best to travel to an enrollment center by car if possible.
  4. To enroll, you will need the following pieces of information:
    • Name, Date of Birth, address, contact information
    • Employment information
    • Current and previous mailing address
    • Height, weight, hair, and eye color
    • City, State, Country of birth
    • Alien Registration Number (if applicable)
    • Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) and state of application of any Hazardous Material Endorsement (HME) held
    • Social Security Number
  1. When you arrive at the Enrollment Center, you must have appropriate documents to verify your identity. The best example is to have an unexpired U.S. Passport, your CDL and actual Social Security card.
  2. At the Enrollment Center, once your identity is verified and ALL required questions are answered, you will have your fingerprints taken electronically.
  3. Payment is required next, and a TWIC costs $137.50 or $105.25 for HME or FAST card holders that have received this designation in the past 12 months. Enrollment centers DO NOT accept cash or personal checks for payment. You must pay with a credit card (Visa/MasterCard), money order, certified check or corporate check. The cost for a replacement TWIC card is $60.
  4. You will be notified via phone or email when your TWIC is ready. The time between enrollment and issuing of the TWIC card varies from center to center depending on the volume of applications being processed.
  5. When you return to the enrollment center to pick up your card, an electronic fingerprint will be taken again to verify your identity. You will also need your Personal Identification Number, which was issued at time of enrollment.
  6. Besides your travel time to an Enrollment Center, if you use the appointment system, it should not take more than 15 minutes of your time for each visit necessary to get a TWIC.

UWT is constantly looking for TWIC carded carriers! We have loads daily in to and out of various ports around the United States. If you are a TWIC carded carrier, call us today to get signed up!

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