TWIC Information

All U.S.-based mariners share a responsibility for keeping our nation’s ports safe and secure. Before setting sail as a certified seafarer, you’ll need to obtain your Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC). Here’s what you need to know to earn this government-issued identification card.

TWIC at Sea

The TWIC is a credential that identifies and checks the background of anyone looking to work within or access a U.S. port of commerce or entry. To earn your credential, follow these steps.
  1. Complete the Questionnaire

    Head to the Transportation Security Administration’s website or schedule an appointment at a local office to complete a questionnaire application.

  2. Stop By an Office

    Next, head to a TWIC office to submit your required documentation (including your photo ID and proof of citizenship), complete a background check, and pay your non-refundable fee.

  3. Pick Up Your Card

    After your background check has been approved, you’ll be ready to pick up your TWIC card. Stop into a nearby office to grab your credential, which you’ll need for any work you complete with the U.S. Coast Guard or to earn a mariner license.

Maritime Student

Putting Your TWIC to Work

A maritime degree or certification <Programs > Areas of Study > Construction, Industry, Manufacturing, & Transportation > Maritime> from San Jac can help you launch a rewarding career at sea. And with a TWIC, you’ll be equipped to join the nation’s protectors in the U.S. Coast Guard. Explore your opportunities today.

Helpful Resources


Federal Communications Options

San Jac Maritime supports students in getting authorization to operate ships, aircraft, and other radio stations. Use the resources below to learn what’s possible.

Forms and Fees

Ready to enhance your career with a certification in commercial operations or telecommunications? Explore the forms below to learn about the fees required for these credentials.

Contact Us

For more informatoin on obtaining your TWIC, reach out to us at (281) 459-5483.