One background check now good for both TWIC, hazmat endorsements

By Jami Jones, Land Line managing editor | Friday, February 24, 2012

Truckers who carry both a Transportation Worker Identification Credential and a hazmat endorsement on their CDL will be happy to know they will no longer have to have background checks done twice – at least in some states.

Starting Feb. 27, the Transportation Security Administration has determined that the security threat assessments, or background checks, for the TWIC and hazmat endorsement are comparable in 11 states and the District of Columbia.

That means truckers with a valid TWIC or hazmat endorsement who are renewing or applying for the other will not have to repeat the background check.

The valid credential – either the TWIC or the hazmat endorsement – must be good for at least another year for the background check to be considered valid when applying for or renewing the other credential.

Unfortunately, the free pass on the redundant background checks will only be available to truckers licensed in 11 different states and the District of Columbia. Those states are Arizona, California, Delaware, Hawaii, Missouri, Nebraska, North Carolina, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah and West Virginia.

States will synch up the expiration dates of the credentials based on the background check.

The elimination of the duplicate background check will result in some savings. Truckers using TSA-contracted site for the background checks will save $27.25 for TWIC applicants who already have a hazmat endorsement and $22.25 for hazmat endorsement applicants who already have a TWIC.

You can visit TSA’s website for more information on the TWIC program or the hazmat endorsement program and to find out whether your home state has been added to the list of states participating in the program.

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