It’s TWIC-key to rock a ride that’s right on time… It’s TWIC-key. Here we go…
What’s TWIC? Is TWIC key to get into places?
For some, TWIC (“twick”) is very vital. TWIC is a registered trademark of the U.S. and an abbreviation for Transportation Worker Identification Credential. TWIC is used to positively identify CDL drivers as part of national security measures. TWIC is a federal identification that’s key to a lot of things.
It’s key because it allows drivers, as well as other card-holding professionals, to have access to secure areas of port facilities and vessels. The fact is that a large portion of our nation’s goods, which are imported and exported, pass through major maritime ports. As anyone would expect, these major ports maintain strict security measures even for drivers who are just there to drop off or pick up a load. A rate confirmation or bill of lading is not enough to gain access to ports. If you want access to major ports, where you can find some major freight, then consider applying for a TWIC card. By having a TWIC card, drivers are afforded more access and more opportunities to haul a multitude of freight.
Am I eligible to apply for a TWIC card? What is needed to apply for a TWIC card?
You may apply for a TWIC card if you are a U.S citizen, a lawful permanent resident, a naturalized citizen, or a nonimmigrant alien. Immigrants in certain immigration categories may apply for the credential. Drivers or applicants must provide identification information, fingerprints, and a current photograph as part of the application process. The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) conducts a security threat assessment (aka background check) to determine a person’s eligibility for TWIC and issues the credential. The background check considers convictions, arrests, and warrants for certain offenses. Applicants may not be eligible if they provide incomplete or incorrect information, or if they have a record of disqualifying criminal offenses and other factors.
What are the benefits of having a TWIC card?
The TWIC card can save you and the trucking company time and money. It facilitates access to sensitive and restricted areas. It can save money because you won’t need to pay for an authorized port escort every time you haul a load to or from a major port in the U.S. Freight brokers will often let drivers include the escort fee in the rate but not always. So, to save time and money, think about getting a TWIC card.
How do I get a TWIC card? Where do I get a TWIC card? RUN DMV?
The application process to obtain a TWIC card really isn’t that tricky. In fact, it can be done in just a few quick steps.
Complete the application either online or in person at a TWIC application center.
Make an appointment to visit a TWIC application center. Schedule online or by calling 855-347-8371.
Visit the TWIC applications center so you can:
Provide the required documentation, fingerprints, and consent to a photo being taken. Be prepared to present a current Driver’s License, Passport, or other acceptable identification documents
Pay the non-refundable fee by card or check (cash is not accepted).
4. Wait a couple of weeks for your card to arrive.
How much does a TWIC card cost?
New applicants will pay approximately $125
In-Person renewal will pay approximately $125
Online renewal, which provides small savings, will cost roughly $120 (recommended)
A replacement card will cost around $60
How long is the TWIC card valid or good for? Does the TWIC card expire?
TWIC cards are valid for 5 years and it is the card holder or driver’s responsibility to ensure their records are up to date.
How long does it normally take to receive a TWIC card after you’ve applied and been approved?
TSA attempts to provide applicants with a response within 14 days, but it can take as many as 90 days to receive your TWIC card once you’ve been approved.
Warning/Pro-Tip – Keep your TWIC card in a safe place. Don’t lose it! If you lose your TWIC card, you lose your immediate access to all the secure port facilities and vessels. What’s worse is that you could lose your source of income or even lose your job, if it requires having a TWIC card.
What are some different ways to protect my TWIC card?
The TSA recommends several ways to protect your card, including:
Don’t give your card to other people.
Keep the card away from direct sunlight, hot temperatures, and any adverse weather.
Don’t fold, bend, or deform the TWIC card in any way.
Keep the card away from strong magnetic fields to avoid damaging the magnetic strip.
TWIC is clearly a key for drivers to gain access to some major freight at secure maritime ports around the U.S. The good news is that the TWIC card – this so-called TWIC-key – is not all that Tricky (…Tricky, Tricky, Tricky). If you believe it’s vital for your trucking company, then apply online today!
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