Maritime Security Identification Card - Other Security Identification Programs (International)

Other Security Identification Programs (International)

United States - Transportation Worker Identification Credential (or TWIC). On 25 November 2002, Congress directed the federal government, through the Maritime Transportation Security Act (or MTSA), to issue a biometric security credential to individuals who require unescorted access to secure areas of facilities and vessels and all mariners holding Coast Guard issued credentials or qualification documents. Controlling access to secure areas is critical to enhancing port security.

TWIC is a common identification credential for all personnel requiring unescorted access to secure areas of MTSA regulated facilities and vessels, and all mariners holding Coast Guard-issued credentials. Individuals who meet TWIC eligibility requirements 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.

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