TWIC enrollment hits ports in Los Angeles, Seattle, New York

| 12/13/2007

Several ports each week are opening enrollment for truckers and others into the Transportation Worker Identification Credential program, and the twin ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles began enrollment on Thursday, Dec. 13.

Other major ports opening TWIC enrollment soon include Seattle on Friday, Dec. 14, and the port of New York/New Jersey, which plans to open TWIC enrollment on Thursday, Dec. 20.

A complete list of TWIC enrollment openings and other information about the program is available by clicking here.

The TWIC program requires more than 750,000 port employees, longshoremen, mariners, truckers and others who require “unescorted access to secure areas” of ports to have background checks before being issued cards that can be read wirelessly and that can transmit biometric data such as fingerprints to card readers.

Darrin Kayser, TWIC spokesman for the Transportation Security Administration, told Land Line that enrollment is going “very well.”

“We’ve got over 10,000 individuals enrolled and by the end of this week we’ll have 32 ports open for enrollment,” Kayser said. “Things are going well, and we’re moving forward with the program.”

Kayser said enforcement of TWIC will be rolled out by region, so truckers and others who participate in the program won’t be required to possess them until the region of the port they work in has notified the U.S. Coast Guard that they’re ready for enforcement – and that won’t happen until every port in a region has had enrollment open for several months, Kayser told Land Line.

Also, the Coast Guard requires 90 days of notification before it will enforce TWIC.

Each port works with the Coast Guard to determine which areas in the port are classified as secure.

– By Charlie Morasch, staff writer