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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Reader comments

Mon, Jun 23, 2014 pissed trucker long beach,ca.

i lost my job of over 3 years because tsa did not send me my card in a timely manner as i was told when i paid for a new card. i still dont have a card or a job as a result of tsa's recklessness and unprofessionalism. i am still told to this day that my card was in a bad batch and my new card is en route. no one can say how it was sent or when it may arrive. tsa should pay for this error because it is affecting lives and well being.

Fri, Mar 28, 2014 Henry Laplace

Twic Card statis

Thu, Mar 27, 2014 Henry La place la.

Did it arrive?

Sun, Jul 4, 2010

Just a little grammer help.If you are going to stress how poor something is you should use spell check. JOD = should be JOB and WHIT = should be With.

Wed, Oct 21, 2009 Terry mobile,al

i was denied for a twic card because i was arrested for a felony not convicted for a felony...its been well over 2 monts bein reviewed...in the meen time me and my family are starving to death who ever is doin these back ground cheeks is doin a very piss poor jod..i have no fellony convictions on my reckord but have been denied..it took me 15 mins to get my paper work to show i have no felony convictions..but it cost a few more dollars for the paper work..i cant under stand why i got turned down whit no fellony convictions..i just want to stress how POOR of a jod who ever is doin the back ground cheeks does...ITS A VERRY VERRY POOR JOD AND THEY SHOULD BE ASHAMED

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