TWIC discount: TSA lowers TWIC card cost by $2.75

By Charlie Morasch, Land Line staff writer | 2/1/2012

Truck drivers who need a TWIC card to drive onto U.S. ports and certain warehouses will see a modest price drop.

TWIC, or the Transportation Worker Identification Credential, is a biometric-capable identity card that can be read by remote devices to check fingerprints, residency documents and other information.

The Transportation Security Administration has announced TWIC enrollment will drop from $132.50 to $129.75 on March 19.

The price decrease was announced after the Federal Bureau of Investigation implemented a fee reduction for its fingerprint-based criminal history records information check.

TWIC applicants undergo background checks that include a search of the FBI’s fingerprint-based criminal history records check.

More than 1.9 million U.S. workers have enrolled in TWIC. The program was created after the terrorist attacks on 9/11. The first TWIC enrollments began in 2007 and will start expiring later this year.

Applicants and TWIC cardholders who obtained their TWIC before March 19 will not receive a $2.75 refund, TSA said.

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