How to Get a TWIC Card in Texas

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The Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) is an identification card issued to individuals who require unescorted access on Maritime Transportation Security Act vessels. The credential is provided to Coast Guard-credentialed merchant mariners, port facility employees, long shore workers, and truck drivers among others. In order to receive a TWIC card in Texas, you must enroll through your local enrollment center.

Navigate to the TWIC website and follow the prompts. You will be required to enter personal information including your immigration status and the reason the TWIC is required. You will also be allowed to schedule your appointment with your local TWIC enrollment center.

Visit the Texas TWIC enrollment center in your area with your identification to complete the enrollment process. Acceptable forms for identification include a current passport, current Merchant Mariner Document (MMD), current Free and Secure Trade (FAST) card, current NEXUS card, current Secure Electronic Network for Travelers Rapid Inspection (SENTRI) card, current United States Enhanced Driver’s License (EDL), or a current Enhanced Tribal Card (ETC). If these forms are not available, you may also present two forms of government-issued identification, one of which must have a photograph.

Complete the TWIC Disclosure and Certification Form, finger printing, and a digital photograph at your Texas TWIC enrollment office. You will be asked to provide the TWIC office with your phone number or email address and select your preferred communication method.

Visit the Texas TWIC enrollment center to pick up your TWIC after being notified by email or phone. Your TWIC will be issued six to eight weeks after enrolling.



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