The Transportation Worker Identification Card

The following information is provided to you by:
J. Michael McCormick, Attorney at Law - Telephone: 412-828-8490 - Email:

           An Involuntary Civil Commitment pursuant to the Pennsylvania Mental Health Procedures Act could also prevent a person from obtaining a TWIC card.

          When someone applies for a TWIC card they will have to disclose if they were committed to a mental health facility involuntarily.

          An expungement could resolve that problem.

           As part of the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) effort to improve security procedures in maritime areas, two agencies within the DHS, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and the U.S. Coast Guard, developed the Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) card system. 

          The new TWIC card system will require all workers, U.S. citizens and foreign nationals alike, needing unescorted access to secure and/or restricted maritime areas, facilities and vessels to apply for a TWIC card and pass a threat assessment.

           The Code of Federal Regulations provides as follows:

49 CFR 1572.17 - Applicant information required for TWIC security threat assessment.

§ 1572.17 Applicant information required for TWIC security threat assessment.
An applicant must supply the information required in this section, in a form acceptable to TSA, when applying to obtain or renew a TWIC.

(b) The applicant must provide a statement, signature, and date of signature that he or she—


(5) Has not been adjudicated as lacking mental capacity, or committed to a mental health facility involuntarily, or is applying for a waiver;

View the TWIC application form:
TWIC Disclosure and Certification Form

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