Port Security Access Card (“PSAC”)

The PSAC is a plastic identification card with name, company name, access permission information, physical statistics and photograph; together with a proximity microchip which will allow the card readers at gates to verify information and automatically open gates for access. The PSAC does not need to be ‘swiped’, merely held in front of the card reader.

Cards may be obtained through the Port Security Centre. Current hours of the Port Security Centre are:

Open: Monday / Wednesday/ Friday between 8:00 am- 3:00 pm

Closed: Tuesday/ Thursday/ Holidays

Port Security Centre
450 Sherman Ave
Hamilton, Ontario
905.525.4330 ext 227
[email protected]
pdf icon Directions to the Port Security Centre

There are four types of PSACs available:

Card TypeContractor AccessLimited Access
Restricted Access
TSC-R2 Access*
ColourYellowGreenRedRed with Blue Stripe
Expiration3 years5 years5 years5 years
Cost (incl. Tax)
Lost, stolen or damaged cards will be replaced at a cost of $20.00.

* TSC-R2 Access Cards are only available to applicants requiring and passing Transport Canada background checks. Further information on this type of access is available at:

Application Process

PSAC application forms are available at the Port Security Centre or Online (see below). The completed application must be submitted in person, along with two pieces of government-issued photo ID (see below) and the signed endorsement of an HOPA Marine Facility or Port Tenant or a person with signing authority on behalf of the applicant. 

Fees can be paid by debit, cheque, Mastercard or Visa.

pdf icon Download the Port Security Access Card Application. (153KB PDF, opens in new window)

Lost or stolen cards must be reported immediately to the Port Security Office at 905.525-3412. They will be replaced at a cost of $20.00, at the discretion of the HOPA. Cards must be returned to the Port Security Centre when expired or no longer required.

Acceptable Identification for PSAC Application

Valid, tamper-resistant government issued photo ID cards containing personal details such as name, description, address and other pertinent data are acceptable forms of identification when applying for a PSAC. These include:

  • Provincial driver’s license with photograph
  • Canadian passport
  • Canadian citizenship card with photograph
  • Ontario Health card with photograph
  • Canadian Armed Forces identification card
  • LCBO BYID photo card
  • Photo ID Card issued by a government agency
  • Employee photo ID from another Canadian Port Authority

Identification of Personnel Entering Port

All personnel must carry a valid PSAC, such that it is visible, and shall be presented upon request to any Port Security Personnel, Transport Canada or a Police representative. While conducting roving patrols, Port Security Personnel may request any persons to identify themselves. Failure to do so may result in the individual being escorted off the property. 

  • All marine facilities are responsible to control access into and on their own facility as required by their approved Transport Canada Security Plans and the Marine Transportation Security Regulations.
  • Truck & Vehicle Operators – Each facility is responsible for access for persons, trucks and other vehicles that enter their facility as required by their Transport Canada Security Plans and the Marine Transportation Security Regulations. Vehicle Operators/ Security are required to apply for a PSAC to facilitate entry to port property.
  • Visitors – Visitors that enter the facilities are subject to the access control measures outlined in the facility’s Transport Canada Security Plans and the Marine Transportation Security Regulations. Visitors without a PSAC must be accompanied at all times by a person who has a valid PSAC and will take responsibility for the actions of the visitor while on port property.
  • Vessel crew and passengers – Vessel crew and passengers’ access control measures will be the responsibility of each facility as outlined in their Transport Canada Security Plans and the Marine Transportation Security Regulations.