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The new security standards surrounding the Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) can be confusing, so if you do not yet have a TWIC, or if you don’t know how it works, please read through the description below. TWIC is administered by the U.S. Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and the U.S. Coast Guard. Please visit the official TWIC site for further information.
What is TWIC?
The Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) is an identification card required by federal law for workers to gain unescorted access to areas of Coast Guard-regulated maritime facilities that are designated as secure or restricted. Everyone whose work regularly brings them to and from the landside of the Port of New York and New Jersey – including stevedores, equipment operators, contractors, drayage and truck drivers, and Coast Guard-credentialed merchant mariners – must have a TWIC.
This means that if you regularly require access to the Port Authority public berths, container terminals, bulk terminals, cruise ship terminals, or other critical port infrastructure as designated, you need a TWIC (the only exceptions are federal officials, law enforcement, or emergency workers engaged in official duties).
U.S. Mariners holding a Merchant Mariner Document or a Merchant Mariner License must obtain a TWIC. Foreign mariners are not eligible.
A TWIC alone does not grant unconditional access to Port facilities. To enter Port facilities, you must have:
a business reason to enter a facility
an employer- or trade association-issued identification card (or a SeaLink identification card if you are a truck driver)
registered your TWIC with the Port Authority’s Physical Access Control System (or SeaLink if you are a truck driver)
While at the facility, you must always display your TWIC on your outermost garment, above the waistline. Upon request from the TSA, Coast Guard, or other official, you must be prepared to present your TWIC, key in your PIN and verify your fingerprints. Failure to comply could result in a $25,000 fine.
If you do not have your TWIC – including if it’s lost or stolen – you will be denied access to the facility. If you do lose your TWIC, please immediately notify the Port Authority by sending an email to PAMarSec@panynj.gov or calling 212-435-4282.
Occasional visitors to Port facilities may do so without getting a TWIC, provided they have an authorized escort. If you visit Port facilities with an escort eight or more times in a year, you will be required to get a TWIC
Truck Drivers Are Not Authorized To Escort Anyone On The Marine Terminals
Please advise your drivers they are not allowed to bring driver trainees*, children, spouses, friends or relatives to the marine terminals. The US Coast Guard and Customs and Border Protection prohibit unauthorized passengers in truck cabs when entering marine terminals at the Port of New York and New Jersey.
Everyone who needs access to the restricted areas of marine terminals must have a TWIC in his or her possession. There are no exceptions. Failure to comply with this requirement may result in an arrest for criminal trespassing and/or the suspension of your SeaLink privileges.
Additionally, for safety reasons, passengers cannot be dropped off outside the terminal gates while you or your driver are inside the terminal.
Please make sure that all of your drivers are aware of these requirements and the consequences for non-compliance. We appreciate your cooperation and assistance in keeping our ports secure.
*Check with terminal operators for their policies. Driver trainees with a valid TWIC may be admitted with advanced notification