To save time, TSA encourages TWIC applicants to make appointments

By Charlie Morasch, Land Line contributing writer | Thursday, March 31, 2016

Many of the more than 2 million Transportation Worker Identification Credential card holders will see their credentials expire in 2016 if they’re not renewed.

To save time, the Transportation Security Administration suggests TWIC card applicants and renewal candidates make an appointment at their nearest enrollment center.

Doug Morris, OOIDA’s director of safety and security operations, was recently briefed on TWIC. Morris said TSA is asking applicants for both new TWIC cards and renewals to make appointments.

TWIC cards cost $128 and last five years. Some applicants with valid CDLs with hazmat endorsements or Free and Secure Trade (FAST) cards may be eligible to obtain a TWIC card for $105.25.

Morris said applicants are expected to wait between 30 and 45 minutes at enrollment centers if they don’t have an appointment.

“It would be good if they could get to know the area where the enrollment center is to make sure there is adequate truck parking if they’re taking their trucks,” Morris said.

Once applications are processed, TWIC cardholders now have the option of having the card mailed to their address, a choice made by the vast majority, he said.

Morris also cautioned TWIC card holders against allowing their cards to expire.

“If it expires, it’s no good,” Morris said. “They don’t accept it as a form of identification even at the enrollment center.”

TSA informed stakeholders of a recent document mill to make fake TWIC cards for port workers. In February, authorities announced the arrest of Brian Allen Dunmore, 54, for operating a system in Sylmar, Calif., for fake identification making.

Dunmore was arrested by special agents with the U.S. Coast Guard after he allegedly agreed to sell undercover government agents a computer program, a printer and card stock with microchips to make TWIC cards and other government IDs. Dunmore produced a TWIC card and Mexican ID card for agents.

Agents found a cache of weapons at Dunmore’s residence, including a fully automatic Tec-9, two AR-15 rifles with more than 2,000 rounds of ammunition, and an AK-47. Dunmore is a previously convicted felon. Dunmore has pleaded guilty to manufacturing counterfeit IDs and awaits sentencing in August.

More than 2.1 million truck drivers, dock workers and others who enter U.S. ports are TWIC card holders. The identification uses biometric technology that can be accessed by card reader machines at ports and warehouses.

To apply or learn more about TWIC, click here.

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