Here we go again: TWIC enrollment may begin in October

| 9/26/2007

After several delays and criticism from congress, the much-anticipated Transportation Worker Identification Credential program may begin enrolling truckers and other workers at one port next month.

The TWIC program centers on an application process and identification card that will have an embedded computer chip that can be read remotely by port security. Applicants can submit a variety of several documents in the application process to prove residency, including birth certificates or U.S. passports.

An estimated 800,000 truckers and other port workers will have to apply for and receive TWIC cards to access U.S. ports after the program is fully implemented.

The Web site recently reported that Homeland Security Undersecretary for Management Paul Schneider told the U.S. House Homeland Security Committee that his department hasn’t yet set a date but is aiming for early October. The first enrollments will occur at the port of Wilmington, DE.

TWIC enrollment has been delayed due to several technical glitches and software issues, Washington Technology quoted Schneider as saying.

“We had all kinds of problems and the fact of the matter is we believe we have most of those technical problems in hand,” Schneider told the House committee.

– By Charlie Morasch, staff writer