TWIC enrollment underway for Delaware port
Oct 9, 2007 3:34 PM
On October 16, port workers, longshoremen, truckers, and others at the port of Wilmington DE are scheduled to become the first workers in the nation to enroll in the Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) program, according to Transportation Security Administration (TSA) information.
The program requires a background check for anyone who has unescorted access to secure areas of port facilities and vessels. The TWIC credential is valid for five years. The TWIC fee will be $132.50. Workers with current, comparable background checks, including a hazardous materials endorsement on a commercial driver license, Merchant Marinerís document or Free and Secure Trade (FAST) credential, will pay a discounted fee of $105.25.
Workers at the port of Wilmington will be able to pre-enroll for TWIC starting October 9. A link to the pre-enrollment Web site will be available online at tsa.gov. Pre-enrolling online speeds up the process by allowing workers to provide biographic information and schedule a time to complete the application process in person. This eliminates waiting at enrollment centers and reduces the time it takes to enroll each individual, TSA said.
Along with the start date for enrollment at Wilmington, TSA and the Coast Guard also announced the next 11 ports that will begin enrolling in November. They are: early November, Corpus Christi TX; mid-November, Baton Rouge LA, Beaumont TX, Honolulu HI, Oakland CA, Tacoma WA; and late November, Chicago/Calumet IL, Houston TX, Port Arthur TX, Providence RI, and Savannah GA.
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