By Charlie Morasch, Land Line contributing writer
Some truck drivers can avoid making two trips to TWIC enrollment centers by using TSA’s Extended Expiration Date program.
TWIC, the Transportation Worker Identification Credential, is designed to eventually be read remotely by port and warehouse security and law enforcement. The biometric card was created in response to concerns following terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001. The card contains fingerprint and residency documentation.
Beginning in August, TSA will allow current TWIC cardholders whose TWIC cards expire on or before Dec. 31, 2014, to pay $60 and make one trip to an enrollment center. Cardholders will call the TWIC help desk at 1-866-DHS-TWIC (347-8942). Once their card is ready, they can pick the card up at an enrollment center.
The Extended Expiration Date program is open only to U.S. citizens and U.S. nationals because the $60 fee does not pay for an immigration status check, TSA said in a factsheet.
Option two is available to all TWIC cardholders, who may renew by paying the standard $129.75 enrollment fee and making two trips to a TWIC enrollment center.
The TWIC help desk is open 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Eastern time. TWIC’s e-mail help desk at TWIC.Helpdesk@gcrm.com. The program’s website is www.tsa.gov/twic.