TWIC Regulations and Their Impact on Port Facilities
Comments to the Record due on July 6, 2006.
Public Meetings: May 31, Newark; June 1, Tampa; June 6, St Louis; June 7, Long Beach.
ISSUANCE OF THE CARD
The program is expected to cover 750,000 workers and would be funded through user fees. TSA
anticipates that each worker would pay approximately $139 to receive a TWIC. Workers with
current, comparable background checks would pay approximately $105 for the credential. A
TWIC card would be valid for five years.
TSA or its agent will do the enrollment. TSA would collect worker’s biographic and biometric
information, including ten fingerprints; name; date of birth; address and phone number; alien
registration number (if applicable); photo; employer; and job title. The TWIC card will include
only two fingerprint templates.
TWIC would utilize Smart Card technology and include a worker’s photo, name, biometric
information and multiple fraud protection measures. The card would be consistent with
Homeland Security Presidential Directive-12 and Federal Information Processing Standards
Publication 201-1 requirements and would be interoperable with other federal credentials built
into those standards.
There will be phased enrollment with centers established based on risk assessment and cost/
benefit analysis. Locations that are considered critical and provide the greatest number of
individual applicants will be among the earliest enrollment sites. Fixed and mobile centers will
be used. There will be 125 locations for 300 ports. Comments on the locations of the enrollment
center are welcome and will eventually be listed on www.tsa.gov.
Three phases are proposed for the timeframe for enrollment. This is the timeline only for doing
the background check. Issuance of the card may take an additional 30 days. There will be
coordination with the Captain of the Port, and the Area Maritime Committee (AMS) to schedule
enrollments to avoid backups. If