Fingerprint records are required for a TWIC card.
Fingerprint records are required for a TWIC card.

The terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 affected all aspects of government. In response to 9/11, the Maritime Transportation Security Act of 2002 created the Transportation Worker Identification Credential. The TWIC establishes heightened protocol for granting unescorted access to maritime workers in U.S. ports. Getting a TWIC card in Louisiana is a straightforward process if you possess the proper credentials and follow the stated procedure.

Log online. Visit the U.S. Department of Homeland Security TWIC Deployment Web site. Click on the "Locations" tab on the main menu.

Select "Louisiana" from the prefabricated list of states. Click the "Search" button. Scroll the list of maritime ports of your choice to access the address, contact information and hours of operation.

Visit the maritime port enrollment office. Present two forms of identification—driver's license and passport, for example—employment verification and fingerprint records. Pay the $132.50 fee for a TWIC card validated for 5 years. Complete the TWIC Application Disclosure Form. Submit all materials and payment to the enrollment representative. Allow 3 weeks to 1 month for your card to arrive.