WASHINGTON, D.C. – The final rules for the US Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) will take effect March 26.
Workers who must have unescorted access to secure port areas, and Coast Guard-credentialed merchant mariners will have until Sept. 25, 2008 to obtain the biometric credential. Implementation of the program will be conducted on a port-by-port basis.
The American Transportation Security Administration (TSA) administers the TWIC program, which involves the rapid, nationwide deployment of biometric identification cards.
The TWIC Phase IV program may be expanded beyond the port community to other modes of transportation with a maximum of six million credentials to be issued under the Phase IV contract. Workers enrolled through this initial task order will be charged a fee of US$137.25.
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