TSA TWIC Attorney

TSA TWIC Attorney / Appeals

The Transportation Worker Identification Credential, also known as TWIC®, is required by the Maritime Transportation Security Act for workers who need access to secure areas of the nation’s maritime facilities and vessels. TSA conducts a security threat assessment (background check) to determine a person’s eligibility and issues the credential. U.S. citizens and immigrants in certain immigration categories may apply for the credential. Most mariners licensed by the U.S. Coast Guard also require a credential.


Eligibility You may apply if you are a U.S. citizen, lawful permanent resident, naturalized citizen or a nonimmigrant alien, asylee, or refugee who is in lawful status.

Applicants may be ineligible due to:

Incomplete or false application information.
Disqualifying criminal offenses and other factors.

If TSA finds potentially disqualifying information, TSA will send a letter with instructions on how to proceed. This typically occurs on renewals. If you received such a letter, then it is a good time to contact an attorney. It's imperative that you contact the attorney immediately because there is a 60-day time limit to appeal and there is plenty of work to complete within the 60-days. Failure or refusal to immediately start the process may cause the card holder to miss work.

If it is determined that an appeal is necessary, official documentation relating to the underlying disqualifying criminal offense will be submitted to the TSA to demonstrate that the information that they relied upon was misleading and inaccurate.

If the information was correct, then the law offers several alternatives for relief. It is pertinent that the process starts immediately to avoid / reduce any time off from work. Michael Devereux has represented many with TWIC issues.


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