TSA Launches Online Renewals For TWICs

The Transportation Security Administration announced August 10 that it has enhanced the renewal process for the Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) to help support critical transportation workers. Starting August 11, TSA enabled the ability for current TWIC holders to renew their credentials online, which makes the five-year renewal process more convenient.

Renewing online eliminates the need to go to an enrollment center, supports U.S. critical infrastructure and supply chain workers, and saves travel time and expenses associated with being away from work. Most eligible applicants receive their TWIC card in less than 10 days. Those applicants with more complex cases may require 60 days or longer for processing.

Online enrollment is available through this link.

To apply for a new TWIC, visit TSA’s enrollment provider website. Applicants may check their TWIC status online at any time through a link on that page.

Sign up for Waterway Journal's weekly newsletter.Our weekly newsletter delivers the latest inland marine news straight to your inbox including breaking news, our exclusive columns and much more.

Nearly 60 percent of TWIC holders renew their card every five years. Most applicants, including U.S. citizens, nationals and lawful permanent residents, will be able to renew online without the need to visit an enrollment center. 

A TWIC is required by the Maritime Transportation Security Act for mariners and workers who need access to secure areas of the nation’s maritime facilities and vessels. Jointly administered by TSA and the U.S. Coast Guard, TSA conducts a background check to determine a person’s eligibility and issues the credential. The Coast Guard regulates the use of TWIC in the maritime environment. U.S. citizens, lawful permanent residents, naturalized citizens, asylum seekers, refugees, and nonimmigrants in lawful status may apply for the TWIC credential.

 If applicants encounter difficulty renewing online, they may contact customer service at 855-347-8371. For more information on the TWIC program, including how to use the credential to get TSA PreCheck status, visit the TSA TWIC website.