MDOT-MPA Office of Security Reminder

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July 08, 2019

Dear Subscriber,


The marine terminals owned and operated by the Maryland Department of Transportation Maryland Port Administration (MDOT MPA) are regulated by Federal and state laws. MDOT MPA terminals are designated as secure and restricted areas. Truck drivers seeking entry onto these terminals must abide by certain access control procedures established by the MDOT MPA Office of Security.

The MDOT MPA Office of Security would like to remind truckers of the following policies to prevent delays and to facilitate business on the terminal:

  • Anyone entering the secure/restricted areas of MDOT MPA terminals must have a valid Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC), or be accompanied by an authorized escort. The TWIC requirement applies to the driver and all passengers in the vehicle, including family members. Truck drivers entering the terminal areas must declare all passengers to the security personnel at the gate area.
  • If the truck driver has a valid TWIC but the passenger does not, the passenger must be dropped off outside the gate area or be accompanied by an authorized escort. Hiding an unauthorized passenger may result in a criminal citation for both the driver and passenger.
  • MDOT MPA generally prohibits minor children under the age of 18 from entering the terminal area with or without escort.
  • If the truck driver is under the age of 18 and possess all required legal credentials to enter they will be allowed to conduct business within the terminal.
  • In addition to a valid TWIC (or authorized escort), the truck driver must present a valid driver’s license to the security officer. Passengers must present a valid government-issued photo identification. No paper copies accepted.
  • In addition to the TWIC requirement, the truck and driver must be enrolled in the eModal system. Go to to register.
  • Photography, filming, firearms, and weapons are prohibited on all MDOT MPA terminals.
  • All persons, property, and vehicles entering the terminals are subject to screening, inspection and search by law enforcement and other authorized personnel. Failure to submit to screening, inspection, and search will result in denial or revocation of terminal access.

Attempting to gain unauthorized access to the secure/restricted areas of MDOT MPA terminals is a criminal offense. The truck driver and any passengers are subject to law enforcement action by Federal and state law enforcement officials.

For additional security information and a list of authorized MPA escorts, visit the Office of Security’s web page at: