Currently, some TWIC applicants are experiencing delays of more than 75 days to receive their TWIC cards. The Transportation Security Administration said it is working diligently to reduce the time it takes to process all TWIC applications.

The delay applies to applications that involve criminal history records or immigration status that must be verified, although others may also experience delays. TSA is strongly encouraging all applicants to apply for their TWIC at least 10 to 12 weeks prior to when the card will be required to avoid inconvenience or interruption in access to maritime facilities.