The port of Corpus Christi in Texas this week became the second U.S. port to begin enrolling truckers and others in the Transportation Worker Identification Credential program.
On Thursday, Nov. 1, enrollment was opened for approximately 6,000 workers at the port. The program will issue each worker a biometric identification card that must be presented to gain access to the port.
The Port of Wilmington in Delaware was the first port to begin enrollment in the program back in mid-October.
The Transportation Security Administration expects to roll the program out at 147 ports during the rest of 2007 and into 2008.
However, no scanners have been installed at the ports to read the cards. For the time being, TSA officials say the cards will be checked with portable scanners during spot checks.