How Can a TWIC Card Be Obtained?

Obtaining a transportation worker identification credential (TWIC) card is a four-step enrollment process as reported on the Transportation Security Administration's Universal Enroll Services (UES) website. The enrollment process entails an in-person application at a UES center, the completion of a security threat assessment, the applicant's receipt of the results of the assessment and, if cleared, the issuing of the TWIC card.

The majority of Universal Enrollment Service centers take TWIC card walk-in applicants, but the UES recommends setting up an appointment in advance through its website or by phone. The website has a search tool that can locate the nearest UES center by city or ZIP code. An online pre-enrollment process is also available to shorten the time needed for the application, but the in-person appointment is still required.

The in-person enrollment requires the applicant to bring identity and/or immigration documents as specified on the UES website. In addition to presenting the required documents at the enrollment center, the applicant will be fingerprinted and must pay a nonrefundable application fee. Cash and personal checks are not accepted as payment, and applicants must pay the application fee by money order, certified check, company check or credit card. As of 2015, the nonrefundable TWIC card application fee is $128, as stated on the UES website. Money orders and UES-approved checks must be made payable to "MorphoTrust USA."