In 2002 the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) began issuing the Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) to anyone with unescorted access into maritime vessels’ secure areas. The TWIC card is often referred to as the TWIX card. To apply for a TWIC card, you must present photo identification, fingerprints and biographical information and pay the required fees.
Go to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) website and click on the “Apply for a TWIC” link. Read the terms and conditions and click “Continue” to move on to the application.
Provide your first and last name, date of birth, country of birth and state of birth as well as your Social Security number, Alien Registration number or visa number. Enter the security code as it appears to you and click “Submit.”
Create a registration once you submit your application. An ID number is given to you once you pre-enroll using the online form. Once you create your registration you can use the DHS enrollment center search tool on your account overview page to find a TWIC enrollment center near your home. Call the center to schedule an appointment to complete your TWIC application.
Provide the TWIC application center with either one primary form of identification or two secondary forms of identification. Identification forms are different for citizens and noncitizens.
Pay the TWIC application fee, which is $132.50 as of June 2011. Cash and credit cards are accepted methods of payment. After you pay the fee your fingerprints are taken, and you will sit for a picture to go on your TWIC card.
Check the status of your TWIC application on the DHS website, and schedule a time to pick up your TWIC card once it is ready.
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