Marine Transportation Security Clearance

The Marine Transportation Security Clearance (MTSC) Program provides background checks for marine workers that require access to restricted areas or information at marine facilities and ports. The program’s purpose is to reduce the risk of security threats caused by unlawful interference with the marine transportation system. The program is administered by Transport Canada and its eligibility requirements are outlined in the Marine Transportation Security Regulations. 

Applying for security clearance

You must have a valid Port Pass before applying for Marine Transportation Security Clearance. 

Step 1: Obtain a valid Port Pass and sponsorship 

Complete the process outlined  

Step 2: Complete your application 

Once your sponsorship has been confirmed, you will receive a link to create a Transportation Security Service (TSS) account. Complete and submit your application to the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority enrolment office via your TSS account 

Step 3: Book an appointment 

Once your application has been reviewed, you will receive a link by email to book an in-person appointment with the Marine Transportation Security Clearance Enrolment Office. Please bring to your appointment the original identification pieces submitted on your application. 

For more information, please contact the Marine Transportation Security Clearance Enrolment Office by calling 604.665.9661 or email [email protected].