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Coast Guard Begins Enforcement of TWIC Requirements
CHARLESTON, SC (11/19/08) --

The US Coast Guard announced today it will begin enforcement of Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) requirements at select waterfront terminals. TWIC is a tamper-resistant, common identification credential issued by the Transportation Security Administration. It contains a biometric (fingerprint template) of the card holder to allow for a positive identification link between the card and the individual.

Born out of the Maritime Transportation Security Act of 2002 (MTSA), all mariners holding United States Coast Guard-issued credentials or personnel requiring unescorted access to secure areas of MTSA-regulated facilities and vessels are required to obtain and carry a valid TWIC. The application process includes a security threat assessment of each individual and may take as much as six weeks to complete.

Implementation dates around the country vary. December 1 is the implementation date for the TWIC program in the Charleston, Savannah, and Jacksonville areas. Regardless of whether or not you require access to an MTSA-regulated facility or vessel, if you hold a US Coast Guard License or other Merchant Mariner's Document, you must obtain and hold a valid TWIC to maintain your credentials. Failure to do so may result in suspension or revocation of your USCG license or Merchant Mariner's Document.

To register or find out more about TWIC requirements, go to https://twicprogram.tsa.dhs.gov.

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