TWIC Card Readers

TWIC® Card Readers


Approved TWIC® card readers have important designations as tamper-resistant biometric credential verification systems used for port security. The Transportation Worker Identification Credential program is required by the Maritime Transportation Security Act, regulated by the Transportation Security Administration and enforced by the United States Coast Guard. Currently, maritime workers and visitors needing unescorted access to secure areas of our nation's port facilities are required to present a valid TWIC® card. To obtain an identification card, an individual must provide historical data and biometric information. To pass a TSA security threat assessment, the TWIC® card must contain fingerprints and digital photo.

TWIC® credentials contain an integrated circuit chip that stores the individual's biographic and biometric data. If a contactless reader is used, the TWIC® card can be read by holding it near the device or insert into the device similar to credit card readers. In addition to meeting the MTSA requirements for port entry, a TWIC® credential is required for unescorted access to high-risk chemical facilities. idSoftware's VisCheck provides the perfect solution for ports in need of a TWIC® identification management system. VisCheck seamlessly integrates visitor and employee management with TWIC® verification for fast and cost-effective compliance.   

Applying for a new TWIC® card or renewing a TWIC® card, contact the universal enroll office for TWIC® in your city. Looking for information about our TWIC® readers for your facility please contact us by using this form or call us at 866-964-4911


SecureGate is a mobile TWIC® authentication and validation system with integrated biometric fingerprint identification that provides four distinct methods of validation including:

  • Authenticate TWIC® Card
  • Check Expiration Date
  • Match Fingerprints Card Holder
  • Check Cancelled Card List (CCL)

Our TWIC® system has smart card technology and can be used with most employee or visitor cards for easy enrollment and quick verification. Workers required to obtain a TWIC® card include credentialed merchant mariners, port facility employees, long shore workers, truck drivers, and visitors requiring unescorted access to secure areas of security-regulated maritime facilities and vessels.


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Disclaimer - TWIC® is a federally registered trademark owned by the Department of Homeland Security and use herein does not imply endorsement of products or services. idSoftware is not affiliated with, sponsored by, or endorsed by the Department of Homeland Security, the Transportation Security Administration, or any other government entity.

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