TWIC status check

The Maritime Transportation Security Act of 2002 established the Transportation Worker Identification Card program, which requires employees who need unescorted access to secure areas of ports to use a tamper-resistant biometric credential.

The final compliance date for issuing TWIC cards was recently pushed back seven months, to April 15, 2009.

However, a final rule for the card readers has not yet been published. Officials say they haven’t issued a final rule because the readers will need to use original technology that, as required in maritime environments, will let readers scan the smart cards without making contact.

Last month, the Transportation Security Administration issued a notification to vendors that asks for information on products that could meet specifications for a pilot program that tests biometric card readers. The results of that test would contribute to a separate final rule for the readers. TSA is implementing the TWIC program in conjunction with the Coast Guard.

“There are going to be substantial security benefits even using the card visually,” said Cmdr. Peter Gautier, chief of the Coast Guard's cargo and facility division, in discussing the decision to go ahead with card specifications and enrollment without the final rule in place. “But we need to work on the reader side of things and the specification side — there was no contactless standard [for a reader] that existed and still no contactless standard exists, so that’s why we published the final rule not with a reader requirement.”

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Thu, Feb 19, 2015 Lee Ferro texas


Thu, Feb 12, 2015 Houston Texas

How long is the twic card take to come

Tue, Dec 9, 2014 williamMcMath adelanto ca 92301

ive been awaiting my twic card sence APRIL ,2014 still no card and I have not been in trouble in any way my record is clean and I've almost loss my job good thing my boss is beside me in this or my family and I would be going without!!? so what now ?supper upset

Tue, Dec 2, 2014 Michael Smith

What address did you mail my twic card too if it's been mailed?

Fri, Nov 21, 2014

Seven weeks so far on a twic card. I have haz-mat on my CDL, also hold a CCW in Ohio and PA, passport, background check for ccw and haz-mat are the same as twic. These people with the tsa are bullshit, no reason for this kind of wait.

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