How to Get a TWIC Card & Why You Should

If you have earned your TWIC card, many jobs are waiting for you to fill. The jobs offer above average pay and benefits for those who’ve taken the time to earn their card. If you’re not already a TWIC card holder, want to know how to get your hands on this card and enjoy the perks that it brings? Many people want this card while others need it. No matter which category you fit in, getting a card may not be as difficult as you think.

What is the TWIC Card?

The Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) card provides special clearance to truck drivers who enter vessels and ports regulated by MTSA without the need for an escort. Without this special card, it is illegal to enter the facility without a proper escort. There are around 3.3 million TWIC card holders in the U.S. Apart from truck drivers, many other people have twic card jobs, including contractors, maintenance personnel, and marine instructors.

The TWIC card contains an Integrated Circuit Chip that holds all the biometric information of the user. This includes fingerprints. The card is tamper-resistant and almost impossible to forge. To get a TWIC card, an individual must complete several different steps.  First, you must be a U.S. citizen or a lawful permanent resident. You must have access to MTSA regulated facilities and must complete an application online or at an in person location. Bring all documents needed with you to the office, including an unexpired passport or valid ID, and/or a birth certificate.

Security Threat Assessment

All applicants are required to complete a security threat assessment, or a STA. There is quite a bit of paperwork involved in this assessment. It is recommended that you apply for the card 8 – 12 weeks ahead of the time you’ll need the card. The application usually takes 4- 6 weeks to process but it can take longer. It costs $125.25 for a five-year TWIC card registration. There is a $60 fee for lost cars/replacements.

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Jobs Are Out There

Once you receive the TWIC card, you can begin searching for jobs of interest. The jobs pay more than regular trucking jobs and give you more power and authority. It feels good to be a TWIC card older and take on the added responsibility of the piston.  There are so many advantages of holding the TWIC card that it is easy to understand why it is worth applying for the card. Of course, some jobs may also require that you hold the card.

The Bottom Line

It takes a bit of time and effort to receive a TWIC card for work purposes, but it’s worth the effort at the end of the day. Once you are the holder of a TWIC card, more job availability and higher rate of pay are both yours to enjoy, but there’s a plethora of additional benefits that you’re also sure to appreciate.