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What is a TWIC code?

TWIC is a common identification credential for all personnel requiring unescorted access to secure areas of facilities and vessels and all mariners holding Coast Guard issued credentials or qualification documents. Individuals who meet TWIC eligibility requirements, including truck drivers, will be issued a tamper-resistant credential containing the worker's biometric (fingerprint template) to allow for a positive link between the card and the individual. Controlling access to secure areas is critical to enhancing port security.
How will the TWIC be used?

During the initial rollout, TWIC will be used for visual identity checks. TWIC holders will present their cards to authorized personnel, who will compare the holder to his or her photo, inspect security features on the TWIC and evaluate the card for signs of tampering. The Coast Guard will conduct vessel and facility inspections and use hand -held readers during spot checks to ensure credentials are valid and identity is verified. A second rulemaking will establish access control requirements, including the use of electronic readers by certain vessel and facility owners and operators.
Who must get a TWIC?

Coast Guard-credentialed merchant mariners, port facility employees, long shore workers, truck drivers, and others requiring unescorted access to secure areas of maritime facilities and vessels regulated by MTSAThis link takes you to a nongovernment website that may have a different privacy policy. are required to get a TWIC.

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