Security and Credential Information

Security is a priority for our organization. Need access or credentials to enter Port locations? Port Houston’s Credentialing Office is located within the Truck Office at the Turning Basin Executive Building, with a satellite office at the Barbours Cut Terminal.  The Credentialing Office offers friendly customer service. For questions about security access, please contact the port’s security department at

Click here for our security authorization application. A security and credentialing packet is available, which lists approved identification requirements.

  • Register your TWIC with the Port
    Register your TWIC with Port Houston if you are a ship agent, tenant, vendor or the ILA. It only takes a few minutes, and has numerous advantages for your continued access to the port facilities.
  • Register your Company for access to Port Authority terminals
    For ship agents, tenants, surveyors, vendors and port contractors, register your company employees. Completed forms should be turned into the Credentialing Office to begin the approval process. Notification will be made once the process is complete.
  • Apply for / Renew Catering Permits
    Food Trucks are allowed to operate on Port Authority property by permit only. Permitted hours of operation are 6 am – 8 am, Noon – 1 pm, 5 pm – 7 pm only, at designated areas at each terminal. To apply, bring vehicle insurance, City of Houston health permit, DBA and sales tax certificate. Catering permits are $15 per month per truck. A valid port permit must be displayed in truck.
  • Pick up your Escort Credential
    Once you have completed your Escort Training, bring your TWIC card to the Credentialing Office to receive your Escort credential.


Credentialing office hours are the following: Turning Basin (Monday-Friday, 7:30 AM -11:30 AM and 1:30 PM – 4:00 PM); Barbours Cut (Tuesday and Thursday, 7:00 AM -11:00 AM and 12:00 PM – 2:00PM). For questions, contact the credentialing office at 713-670-2529 or 713-670-2534, or email