What is a TWIC?

A Transportation Worker Identification Certificate (TWIC) is a federal ID card issued to transportation workers. TWIC holders can access secure port facilities and vessel without escort.
A TWIC Card is essential for shipboard employment and is a requirement in order to apply for a merchant mariner credential. Without a TWIC card, there only a handful of sailing positions that a sailor can be eligible for. 
The TWIC application process will cost $125.25 and take between 10-14 days for applicants to receive their credential as long as there are no delays in the application process.