TWIC now acceptable at military bases

| 12/30/2009

The Transportation Worker Identification Credential recently became acceptable ID for trucks visiting military bases.

In early December, the U.S. Department of Defense released a brief, available here, that outlines its new acceptance of TWIC at military bases.

More than 1.4 million workers have enrolled in TWIC – the biometric card required for port employees, longshoremen, mariners, truckers and others who need unescorted access to secure areas of ports. They have background checks before being issued cards with their biometric data and residency documentation.

It’s been a pricey, complicated process and one that irked seasoned truckers from the get-go. The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association has been critical of several TSA processes during the TWIC rollout, including the price of enrollment and the ability of foreign nationals to access ports without background checks required by TWIC applicants from the U.S. One filing of the Association’s comments on TWIC can be found here.

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.

According to the U.S. Department of Defense, other acceptable identity source documents include current:

  • U.S. passports;
  • Permanent resident card or Alien Registration Receipt Card;
  • Foreign passport with a temporary stamp or temporary printed notation on a machine readable immigrant visa;
  • Foreign passport with a current arrival-departure record (INS Form I-94) bearing the same names as the passport and containing an endorsement of the alien’s non-immigrant status, if that status authorizes the alien to work for the employer;
  • Employment authorization document that contains a photograph (INS Form I-766);
  • Driver’s license or ID card issued by a state or outlying possession of the United States, provided it contains a photograph and biographic information such as name, date of birth, gender, height, eye color and address;
  • ID card issued by Federal, State or local government agencies, provided it contains a photograph and biographic information such as name, date of birth, gender, height, eye color and address;
  • School ID card with a photograph;
  • U.S. Military or draft record;
  • U.S. Coast Guard Merchant Mariner CARD or TWIC; and
  • Native American tribal document.

– By Charlie Morasch, staff writer
charlie_morasch@landlinemag.com