Enrollment for the Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) began at the Port of Wilmington, Del., on Tuesday, Oct. 16. TWIC is a biometric identification credential that will be required for unescorted access to secure areas in all U.S. ports.
It is estimated that 110,000 drivers will need a TWIC. The Transportation Security Administration announced plans for a rapid rollout of the cards at other ports beginning in early November. Port of Tacoma (Wash.) and Port of Oakland (Calif.) enrollment will start in mid-November.
Cost for the TWIC has been finalized at $132.50 or $105.25 if a TWIC applicant already has undergone a similar fingerprint-based security threat assessment, such as for a hazardous materials endorsement or a Free And Secure Trade (FAST) card.