The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has enhanced the renewal process for the Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC).
Yesterday, TSA began allowing current TWIC holders to renew their credentials online, which eliminates the need to visit an enrollment center and makes the five-year renewal process more convenient.
TWIC is required by the Maritime Transportation Security Act for mariners and workers who need access to secure areas of U.S. maritime facilities and vessels. Jointly administered by TSA and the 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 TWICs.
Nearly 60% of TWIC holders renew their card every five years. 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, TSA said. 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. Applicants may check their TWIC status online at any time.
Most applicants, including U.S. citizens, nationals, and lawful permanent residents, will be able to renew online. Visit TSA’s enrollment provider website for information on TWIC enrollments and renewals. If applicants encounter difficulty renewing online, they may contact customer service at (855) 347-8371.