Table 6-5 Transportation Worker Identification Credential Program (TWIC)

Table 6-5
Transportation Worker Identification Credential Program (TWIC)

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As of Date: Pre-Enrollments (Cumulative) Enrollments (Cumulative)
1/10/2008 100,518 43,069
1/17/2008 108,766 48,873
1/24/2008 122,490 58,719
1/31/2008 135,466 69,155
2/7/2008 148,064 78,387
2/14/2008 161,662 91,447
2/21/2008 175,875 104,649
2/28/2008 190,447 120,148
3/6/2008 209,265 138,197
3/13/2008 226,314 154,043
3/20/2008 242,876 170,472
3/27/2008 258,197 185,213
4/4/2008 276,919 203,984
As of Date: Pre-Enrollments (Cumulative) Enrollments (Cumulative)
4/18/2008 304,238 230,273
4/24/2008 318,739 244,470
5/1/2008 336,446 260,608
5/8/2008 353,187 277,176
5/15/2008 366,267 292,487
5/23/2008 379,574 309,472
5/29/2008 385,969 317,199
6/6/2008 397,350 331,042
6/12/2008 404,555 339,661
6/19/2008 412,527 350,115
6/26/2008 421,218 361,306
7/3/2008 429,255 371,949
7/10/2008 435,754 380,348
As of the week of 7/14/08:    
No. of TWIC Cards Printed 331,588  
No. of TWIC Cards Activated 199,254  
Avg. Enrollment Time 9.07 mins  
No. of Enrollment Centers Open 140  

SOURCE: U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Transportation Security Administration, personal communication, July 15, 2008.

Transportation Worker Identification Credential Program (TWIC) is a common identification credential for all personnel requiring unescorted access to secure areas of facilities and vessels regulated by the Maritime Transportation Security Act (MTSA) and all mariners holding Coast Guard-issued credentials. The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) will issue workers a tamper-resistant "Smart Card" containing the worker's biometric (fingerprint template) to allow for a positive link between the card itself and the individual.

The enrollment process consists of the following components: optional pre-enrollment, in-person enrollment, security threat assessment and notification of the results, and issuance of the TWIC to the applicant. The security threat assessment includes checks against criminal history records, terrorist watch lists, and immigration status. A robust appeals and waivers process is offered to applicants who may be initially determined to be ineligible to hold a TWIC.

Applicants may pre-enroll online to enter all of the biographic information required for the threat assessment and make an appointment at the enrollment center to complete the process (although appointments are not required). Then, applicants must visit the enrollment center where they will pay the enrollment fee, complete a TWIC Application Disclosure Form, provide biographic information and a complete set of fingerprints, and sit for a digital photograph. The applicant must bring identity verification documents to enrollment and non-US citizen applicants must also bring along documentation to verify that they meet the immigration status requirements. These documents care scanned into the electronic enrollment record. There will be a total of 147 enrollment centers nation-wide, as well as employer-sponsored mobile enrollment capabilities deployed on a case-by-case basis. The applicant will be notified by email or phone, as specified during enrollment, when his/her credential is available at the enrollment center. The applicant must return to the same enrollment center to pick up his/her TWIC.

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