Many TWIC enrollment appointments to restart on Monday

By Charlie Morasch, Land Line staff writer | 11/7/2008

Many truckers and other workers applying for their Transportation Worker Identification Credential cards may be able to reschedule their appointments beginning on Monday, Nov. 10.

Some enrollment locations, however, will continue to postpone TWIC card pickups, officials with the Transportation Security Administration announced this week.

An Oct. 21 power outage wreaked havoc on servers maintained by the TSA, the agency administering TWIC. Since then, TWIC card applicants who had scheduled appointments weeks before have been turned away and told to wait for the computer system to come back online.

On Thursday, Nov. 6, TSA officials announced that TWIC card activations had resumed at Captain of the Port Zones in northern New England, Boston and southeastern New England. On Nov. 5, TSA opened up walk-in activations for ports with Nov. 28 and Dec. 1 mandatory compliance dates. Activation appointments for ports with Nov. 28 and Dec. 1 compliance dates will be back online on Monday, Nov. 10, officials announced.

“By the week of Nov. 10, activation appointments will be available for workers at ports going into compliance Nov. 28 and Dec. 1,” a statement from TSA read. “TWIC enrollment and pre-enrollment are still available nationwide, and we encourage workers requiring a TWIC to enroll as soon as possible.”

Compliance requirements for workers with TWIC cards at Captain of the Port zones in Buffalo, Detroit, Lake Michigan, Sault Ste. Marie and Duluth, MN have been moved from Oct. 31 to Dec. 1.

A complete list of all ports and their compliance dates is available at

The TWIC program will require more than 1.5 million truckers, port employees, longshoremen, mariners and others who require unescorted access to secure areas of ports to have background checks before being issued cards with their biometric data and residency documentation.

Nationally, TWIC cards will be required for truckers and other port workers who need unescorted access into secure areas by April 15, 2009, although most ports are implementing earlier mandatory TWIC enforcement.

OOIDA officials have said they believe TWIC will be the accepted standard for ID into many inland areas as well as ports. Several Land Line readers have reported seeing signs showing TWIC cards to be mandatory ID for truckers to get access into some distribution centers and rail hubs.

Standard TWIC enrollment costs $132.50, although workers with “current, comparable” threat assessment background checks such as hazmat endorsements, Merchant Mariner Documents or Free and Secure Trade (FAST) cards 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 Web site.

– By Charlie Morasch, staff writer

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