What Will Deny Me a TWIC?

When applying for your TWIC card, there are some requirements that one would see as “a given”…citizenship, you can’t be a terrorist/involved in terrorist activities, you must have full mental capacity. But the last one in the paragraph of FAQ’s on the TSA site states “..or was convicted of certain crimes..”. Gee. That’s a little vague.

In the TSA’s defense, there is a long, drawn out, slow read about what will disqualify you, both permanently and for a period of time. I thought it might be of help to have these things in an easy to read format with a dash of fun, right here where y’all like to come for information, inspiration, and humor anyways.

Here’s the list of what not to do if you ever want to receive your TWIC…

Within this blue section, you can’t even try to get the denial of TWIC overturned. With the crimes listed in the green and orange sections, you can apply for a waver.

“Conviction for one of the following felonies is disqualifying regardless of when it occurred, and the applicant is not eligible for a waiver.”

  • You cannot be a spy. (Espionage is prohibited)
  • Don’t start a rebellion against the government. (Sedition is also prohibited)
  • Don’t plot to overthrow the government. (Treason. Goes without saying)
  • An act of terrorism…no brainer.

“Conviction for one of the following felonies is disqualifying regardless of when it occurred, and the applicant may apply for a waiver.”

  • Don’t cause a transportation security incident, as described in 46 U.S.C. 70101
  • Don’t be involved in the transportation of hazmat materials as specified in 49 U.S.C. 5124
  • Don’t deal in explosives
  • Do not kill anyone.
  • Don’t threaten a public place, public transportation, state of government facility, or infrastructure facility with an explosive. Please.
  • Don’t be a mobster per 18 U.S.C 1961, and was convicted of any of the crimes in this section.
  • Plus, you can’t attempt to commit these crimes or conspire with others to commit these crimes.

There are some crimes that will only ban you from getting your TWIC for 5-7 years. Not that it’s a good idea to do these things. But if you made bad choices years ago…

“Conviction for one of the following felonies is disqualifying if the applicant was convicted, pled guilty (including ‘no contest’), or found not guilty by reason of insanity within 7 years of the date of the TWIC application; OR if the applicant was released from prison after conviction within 5 years of the date of the application. The applicant may apply for a waiver.”

  • Firearms dealing. Not a good idea.
  • Blackmail and bribing.
  • Defrauding the government
  • Smuggling, or immigration violations.
  • Drug dealing.
  • Fire starting
  • Kidnapping, hostage taking, or rape/sexual assault.
  • Assault with intent to kill
  • Deceptive entry into a seaport.
  • Being a Mobster per 18 U.S.C. 1961 (see link above) but NOT one of the crimes listed in the first section.
  • Attempt or conspire to commit the above crimes.

Whew. That is quite the list. But there you have it. If you have committed any of these crimes in the last 5-7 years, you cannot get your TWIC.

If you’d like to read the dry version, click HERE, but hopefully we’ve clarified any questions you may have had!

As always, if you need assistance with any part of your application process, give us a call @ 920-733-5500!

~Explorer’s Guide Maritime Academy Staff

*Below you will find definitions of the above offenses. Click here to view the link.

18 USC § 1961 – Definitions

As used in this chapter—

1) “racketeering activity” means (A) any act or threat involving murder, kidnapping, gambling, arson, robbery, bribery, extortion, dealing in obscene matter, or dealing in a controlled substance or listed chemical (as defined in section 102 of the Controlled Substances Act), which is chargeable under State law and punishable by imprisonment for more than one year; (B) any act which is indictable under any of the following provisions of title 18, United States Code: Section 201 (relating to bribery), section 224 (relating to sports bribery), sections 471, 472, and 473 (relating to counterfeiting), section 659 (relating to theft from interstate shipment) if the act indictable under section 659 is felonious, section 664 (relating to embezzlement from pension and welfare funds), sections 891–894 (relating to extortionate credit transactions), section 1028 (relating to fraud and related activity in connection with identification documents), section 1029 (relating to fraud and related activity in connection with access devices), section 1084 (relating to the transmission of gambling information), section 1341 (relating to mail fraud), section 1343 (relating to wire fraud), section 1344 (relating to financial institution fraud), section 1351 (relating to fraud in foreign labor contracting), section 1425 (relating to the procurement of citizenship or nationalization unlawfully), section 1426 (relating to the reproduction of naturalization or citizenship papers), section 1427 (relating to the sale of naturalization or citizenship papers), sections 1461–1465 (relating to obscene matter), section 1503 (relating to obstruction of justice), section 1510 (relating to obstruction of criminal investigations), section 1511 (relating to the obstruction of State or local law enforcement), section 1512 (relating to tampering with a witness, victim, or an informant), section 1513 (relating to retaliating against a witness, victim, or an informant), section 1542 (relating to false statement in application and use of passport), section 1543 (relating to forgery or false use of passport), section 1544 (relating to misuse of passport), section 1546 (relating to fraud and misuse of visas, permits, and other documents), sections 1581–1592 (relating to peonage, slavery, and trafficking in persons)., [1] section 1951 (relating to interference with commerce, robbery, or extortion), section 1952 (relating to racketeering), section 1953 (relating to interstate transportation of wagering paraphernalia), section 1954 (relating to unlawful welfare fund payments), section 1955 (relating to the prohibition of illegal gambling businesses), section 1956 (relating to the laundering of monetary instruments), section 1957 (relating to engaging in monetary transactions in property derived from specified unlawful activity), section 1958 (relating to use of interstate commerce facilities in the commission of murder-for-hire), section 1960 (relating to illegal money transmitters), sections 2251, 2251A, 2252, and 2260 (relating to sexual exploitation of children), sections 2312 and 2313 (relating to interstate transportation of stolen motor vehicles), sections 2314 and 2315 (relating to interstate transportation of stolen property), section 2318 (relating to trafficking in counterfeit labels for phonorecords, computer programs or computer program documentation or packaging and copies of motion pictures or other audiovisual works), section 2319 (relating to criminal infringement of a copyright), section 2319A (relating to unauthorized fixation of and trafficking in sound recordings and music videos of live musical performances), section 2320 (relating to trafficking in goods or services bearing counterfeit marks), section 2321 (relating to trafficking in certain motor vehicles or motor vehicle parts), sections 2341–2346 (relating to trafficking in contraband cigarettes), sections 2421–24 (relating to white slave traffic), sections 175–178 (relating to biological weapons), sections 229–229F (relating to chemical weapons), section 831 (relating to nuclear materials), (C) any act which is indictable under title 29, United States Code, section 186 (dealing with restrictions on payments and loans to labor organizations) or section 501 (c) (relating to embezzlement from union funds), (D) any offense involving fraud connected with a case under title 11 (except a case under section 157 of this title), fraud in the sale of securities, or the felonious manufacture, importation, receiving, concealment, buying, selling, or otherwise dealing in a controlled substance or listed chemical (as defined in section 102 of the Controlled Substances Act), punishable under any law of the United States, (E) any act which is indictable under the Currency and Foreign Transactions Reporting Act, (F) any act which is indictable under the Immigration and Nationality Act, section 274 (relating to bringing in and harboring certain aliens), section 277 (relating to aiding or assisting certain aliens to enter the United States), or section 278 (relating to importation of alien for immoral purpose) if the act indictable under such section of such Act was committed for the purpose of financial gain, or (G) any act that is indictable under any provision listed in section 2332b (g)(5)(B);

2) “State” means any State of the United States, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, any territory or possession of the United States, any political subdivision, or any department, agency, or instrumentality thereof;

3) “person” includes any individual or entity capable of holding a legal or beneficial interest in property;

4) “enterprise” includes any individual, partnership, corporation, association, or other legal entity, and any union or group of individuals associated in fact although not a legal entity;

(5) “pattern of racketeering activity” requires at least two acts of racketeering activity, one of which occurred after the effective date of this chapter and the last of which occurred within ten years (excluding any period of imprisonment) after the commission of a prior act of racketeering activity;

6) “unlawful debt” means a debt

A) incurred or contracted in gambling activity which was in violation of the law of the United States, a State or political subdivision thereof, or which is unenforceable under State or Federal law in whole or in part as to principal or interest because of the laws relating to usury, and
(B) which was incurred in connection with the business of gambling in violation of the law of the United States, a State or political subdivision thereof, or the business of lending money or a thing of value at a rate usurious under State or Federal law, where the usurious rate is at least twice the enforceable rate;

 (7) “racketeering investigator” means any attorney or investigator so designated by the Attorney General and charged with the duty of enforcing or carrying into effect this chapter;

(8) “racketeering investigation” means any inquiry conducted by any racketeering investigator for the purpose of ascertaining whether any person has been involved in any violation of this chapter or of any final order, judgment, or decree of any court of the United States, duly entered in any case or proceeding arising under this chapter;

(9) “documentary material” includes any book, paper, document, record, recording, or other material; and

10) “Attorney General” includes the Attorney General of the United States, the Deputy Attorney General of the United States, the Associate Attorney General of the United States, any Assistant Attorney General of the United States, or any employee of the Department of Justice or any employee of any department or agency of the United States so designated by the Attorney General to carry out the powers conferred on the Attorney General by this chapter. Any department or agency so designated may use in investigations authorized by this chapter either the investigative provisions of this chapter or the investigative power of such department or agency otherwise conferred by law.

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