Am I Exempt from Renewing my TWIC?

Find out the conditions under which you can be exempt from renewing your TWIC card when renewing your USCG license.

2 mins read・Oct 25, 2021
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Renewing your TWIC can be a waste of money if you don't need to do it!

There is a renewal TWIC exemption for very few special vessels. If you are only working on vessels without a security plan or that are not inspected by the USCG you can renew/upgrade your MMC without renewing your TWIC as long as you are working on very specific vessels.

This is not related to the type of endorsement held (officer or unlicensed) and instead dependent on the specific vessels a mariner is employed on. In addition, Law Enforcement Officers do not need a TWIC as long as they are only using their license for Law Enforcement.

TWIC card with man's photo.

You are exempt from holding a TWIC if you are only going to be working on these certain vessels:

  1. Uninspected passenger vessels less than 100 GRT and you can never carry more than 6 passengers. (Example OUPV 6 PAX)
  2. Uninspected passenger vessels greater than 100 GRT and you can never carry more than 12 passengers. (Example 200 GRT Master running a Yacht)
  3. Vessels inspected under subchapter T that are not required to have a security plan
  4. Towing vessels that are not involved in towing barges
  5. Towing vessels that are only involved in fleeting, docking, or ship assist

To renew/upgrade your USCG License without a TWIC, you will need a memo ( as part of your renewal/upgrade application which states why you qualify to not have a valid TWIC as well as providing the required additional information required to run a “name-based” background check on you before renewing your MMC. You typically need your full name, social security number, and date of birth.

Your past TWIC picture will be used for your new License.

MM-SEAS User Tip: If you indicate that you do not need a TWIC to renew/upgrade in the MM-SEAS renewal/upgrade checklist, MM-SEAS will automatically generate the memo for you and submit it as part of your application. One less thing to worry about and you just saved $125.25 but lost out on TSA Precheck!

We hope this made your life a little easier and if you have other questions the MM-SEAS team is always here to help!

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About the author

Nate Gilman
Nate Gilman

Nate has over 15 years of professional maritime experience and has hawsepiped his way to a 3rd Mate Unlimited Endorsement with full STCW compliance. He is proud veteran of the NOAA Commissioned Corps.

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