TSA to postpone fingerprinting

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WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Transportation Security Administration is officially postponing fingerprinting and background checks for U.S. hazmat drivers.

TSA is slated to publish in the Federal Register Friday a new regulation to postpone the previous schedule, TSA spokesman Darrin Kayser told Transport Topics, the official publication of the American Trucking Associations.

TSA had planned to begin fingerprinting Nov. 3, but has said it will start April 1, 2004 instead, industry groups and state governments protested the deadline was not workable.

Each state will be required to process the fingerprinting as part of criminal background checks.
TSA officials also expect state governments to request the fingerprinting deadline be moved to Dec. 1, 2004.

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