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How TWIC Card Renewal Works In 2024 [Step-By-Step]

Learn how the TWIC card renewal process works, including eligibility and requirements to renew, how to do so, and tips to keep in mind.

Key Takeaways

  • TWIC cards are valid for five years from the issue date.
  • Renewal can be done online, by phone, or in person.
  • Renewal fee is $125.25 for in-person or $117.25 for online applications.
  • Expedited renewal is not available; apply 60 days before expiry.

How Long Do TWIC Cards Last?

One of the nice things about TWIC cards is that you don’t have to renew yours each year. Instead, your TWIC card is valid for five years from the initial issue date. Once your card expires, you’ll need to renew it online or at an enrollment center.

Understanding TWIC Card Renewal

TWIC abbreviates to Transport Worker Identity Card. The identification document is common among airport, hospital, and maritime transportation workers. 

The United States Transportation Security Administration and the United States Coast Guard are responsible for issuing the identification card.

Workers operating ferries, ships, port customs offices, and dockside warehouses need the card to access these maritime facilities. Other TWIC holders may include:

  • Truck Drivers
  • Longshore Workers
  • Coast Guard Employees
  • Cruise Ship Personnel
  • Port Facility Workers
  • Maritime Security Staff

Creating the card involves giving biometric data, such as fingerprints. To receive a TWIC, workers need to also pass a security threat assessment or background check administered by TSA officers.

Once officials register all your data, you’ll get a card ingrained with a computer chip and a magnetized bar containing biometric data. How do TWIC cards work? They’re either scanned or swiped at security checkpoints.

You need to renew them every five years after issuance as well. TWIC holders can renew their card online a year before and after its expiry. That way, you’ll retain access to secure maritime facilities.

If you don’t renew your TWIC a year after its expiry, you’ll have to submit your documents in person and register as a new enrollee.

Eligibility and Requirements for Renewal

To be eligible for a TWIC renewal you must be a:

If you’re ineligible to renew your card, you have to report to the TSA and return your TWIC by mailing it to the address on the back.

As for the renewal requirements, you’ll need to visit the TSA’s official webpage and register online for a TWIC renewal. They’ll ask you to complete a form to verify your details, too. It can take about ten minutes to finish. Some required information includes:

  • Citizenship status
  • Birth location
  • Reason for renewal

The form will also ask you to provide a form of identification, which can include:

  • Passport
  • Enhanced driver’s license
  • Green card
  • Military ID card
  • State ID card

If these documents aren’t at your disposal, you’ll need to provide more than one document, like your driver’s license and birth certificate. After preparing the documents, you must schedule an appointment to present these documents at your nearest facilities.

The Renewal Process: Step by Step

You can renew your TWIC through three possible routes: in-person, online, or by phone. 

Keep in mind that even with the online process, you’ll still have to go in person to the facility to present your identification documents.

Renewing a TWIC Card In Person

The process of renewing your TWIC in person involves visiting your nearest enrollment center with your identification documents and expired TWIC. Be sure to schedule an appointment beforehand.

Renewing a TWIC Card By Phone

If you’re having difficulties renewing your TWIC via online application or don’t know where to go, contact the TSA customer service line, and they’ll walk you through it.

Renewing a TWIC Card Online

The online process is a fairly new and more convenient method to renew your TWIC.

Fill Out Online Application

Go to the TSA application website. Then, click on “Renew Online.” You’ll be redirected to an application form. Fill out your personal details, including citizenship, age, and place of birth. Lastly, submit the online form.

Arrange an appointment

To schedule an appointment, go back to the TSA website and click “Schedule an Appointment.” Fill out your details and choose a slot and the nearest enrollment center to go to.

During the appointment, they’ll ask you to present the identification documents that you previously listed in the online form, whether that’s your passport, driver’s license, or birth certificate. Afterward, they’ll ask you to pay the fee.

Card Pickup

Receive your card from an application center or ask the center to mail it to you. The card should give you instructions on how to activate it for use. It should be straightforward, too.

That said, the whole process can take up to 60 days before you get an approval. You can always check your application TWIC card status via the enrollment website.

Fees and Payment Methods

The TWIC renewal process will cost you $125.25 if you’re completing the process in person. It’s the same cost if you’re applying for a new TWIC card. An online renewal will cost you $117.25.

If you have a commercial driver’s license and hazmat endorsement or a Free and Secure Trade card, it’ll typically cost $93. The replacement card will incur a $60 fee. You can pay the amount using a credit card, certified check, company check, or money order.

For company check and money order payments, you’ll need to go to the application center to have the card ordered.

What to Do If Your TWIC Card Expires

You can renew your TWIC card a year after it expires. If you wait longer than a year, you’ll have to re-apply for a new TWIC. That calls for an in-person process.

When you renew or re-apply for a TWIC, you have to return your old one to the TSA address on the back.

Now, there are only a few cases where you can work with an expired TWIC, particularly during emergencies like COVID-19. If these cases pop up, you can be eligible to use the expired card if you completed a detailed Security Threat Assessment (STA).

Either way, the TSA will continuously have to vet TWIC holders against national security systems and watch lists.

Troubleshooting Common Issues

Some issues may arise during the renewal process. They may include:

1. TWIC Card Confiscation

No one can confiscate your TWIC card unless your work visa expires. If that’s the case, the employer must return it to the TSA.

TSA and Coast Guard employees may also confiscate your TWIC card if you’re using it for criminal purposes.

2. No Longer Meeting Eligibility

If you’re no longer eligible for a TWIC card, you have to inform the disqualifying condition to the TSA. Next, return your card to the address on the back.

3. Name Change

You might’ve changed your legal name, and it’s different from your TWIC card. Call the TSA customer service line and ask to submit a name change request. Complete this step before you renew your TWIC card online. The name change process can take 30 to 45 days.

4. Lost TWIC Card

If you’ve lost your TWIC card, you have to request a replacement or online card transfer. You can also call the TSA customer service line and file your replacement request.

Expedited Renewal and Conditional Authorization

While the renewal may take around 45 to 60 days, most applicants get their TWIC within ten business days if they don’t have disqualifying factors in their records.

The TSA doesn’t offer expedited renewal for TWIC cardholders. For this reason, the organization highly recommends you register for renewal at least 60 days before the card expires.

While waiting for your TWIC card to renew, you can use your current one. If it’s expired, you won’t be able to use it and may have to submit a request for conditional authorization.

Maintaining Compliance and Avoiding Delays

When submitting your renewal application, there are some ways you can avoid delays. They include:

  • Apply for renewal well before your TWIC card’s expiration date, preferably 60 to 180 days ahead.
  • Ensure that you have no disqualifying factors that’ll delay your renewal.
  • If your name is legally changed, make sure to inform the TSA beforehand.

Besides that, delays are likely to occur if your immigration or citizenship status changes or needs further verification.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can You Renew a TWIC Card Via an Enrollment Center?

Yes, you can renew your TWIC card at any local enrollment center, located throughout the United States. For a faster service, it’s recommended to schedule an appointment, although walk-ins are also accepted.

Where Are There TWIC Card Offices?

TWIC Card offices are located across the United States, with over 100 TSA-operated enrollment centers. To find the nearest office, use the DHS’s Enrollment Center Locator online.

By entering your zip code, city, or airport code, you’ll get a list of nearby centers. You’re not limited to offices in your city or county, so you can also check surrounding areas for available appointments.

Can You Renew a TWIC Card Online?

Yes, you can begin renewing your TWIC card online through pre-enrollment, where you fill out the application and pay the required fee. However, you must still make an appointment at an enrollment center to complete the renewal process.

Wrapping Up

TWIC cards are a critical aspect for transportation workers in the maritime industry. Operating without a TWIC card can cause lots of disruption and hinder your employment status in the sector.

For this reason, we highly recommend applying at least 60 days before expiration for the renewal process to avoid these issues.

Renewing your TWIC card has a more seamless online application process now. All you have to do is fill out the online form, schedule an appointment to show your identification documents and pick up your card to activate.

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