TWIC enrollment passes 1.5 million, including 277,000 truck drivers

| Thursday, March 25, 2010

More than 1.5 million U.S. workers have enrolled in the Transportation Worker Identification Credential program, including 277,000 truck drivers.

According to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, 1,518,821 workers had been enrolled by mid-March. Enrollments include 261,149 applicants counted as truck drivers, and another 16,687 classified as drayage truckers.

Originally, the Transportation Security Administration estimated 750,000 would need to enroll in the program.

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.

TSA has a TWIC hotline at 866-DHS-TWIC (866-347-8942), a specific TWIC e-mail address at TWIC.Helpdesk@gcrm.com and a Web site.

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

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