The Transportation Security Administration rolled out six additional Transportation Worker Identification Credential enrollment centers in mid-February.
TWIC enrollment opened at Tampa, FL on Thursday, Feb. 21. Enrollment at ports in Anacortes, WA, Cincinnati, Richmond, CA, and the Port of South Louisiana opened on Friday, Feb. 22.
The Port of Norfolk, VA, is scheduled to start enrollment on Feb. 29.
The TWIC program will require an estimated 1.5 million port employees, longshoreman, mariners, truckers and others who require unescorted access to secure areas of ports to have background checks before being issued cards with their biometric data.
Hundreds of ports throughout the nation will require TWIC for unescorted access into areas the individual port defines as “secure.” TWIC will also be required at inland ports at cities such as St. Louis, MO, Louisville, KY, and Cincinnati, OH.
Standard TWIC enrollment costs $132.50, though workers who have completed a “current, comparable” threat assessment background checks such as through the hazmat endorsement, Merchant Mariner Document or Free and Secure Trade (FAST) card may obtain a TWIC card for $105.25. The card is designed to last five years.
Replacement cards for those who lose or damage their TWIC card cost $60, according to the TWIC website at www.tsa.gov/twic.
TWIC won’t be required until enrollment has been open at most ports for several months, TSA officials have stated, and the U.S. Coast Guard required 90 days notification before enforcement will begin.
For more information about TWIC enrollment, go to: http://www.tsa.gov/what_we_do/layers/twic/index.shtm.
The mid-February enrollment center openings brings the total number of TWIC sites to 78, more than half of the 147 total enrollment sites expected to process 1 million workers by the end of 2008.
– By Charlie Morasch, staff writer