Worker Identification Credential Enforcement Begins in Southeast

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The Coast Guard will begin enforcement of the Transportation Worker Identification Credentials (TWIC) for each port located within South Carolina, Georgia, Northern Florida and Port Canaveral, Fla., Monday.

In accordance with the requirements of the Maritime Transportation Security Act (MTSA) and the Security and Accountability for Every Port Act (SAFE Port Act), the Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) will serve as an identification card for all personnel requiring unescorted access to secure areas of MTSA regulated facilities. To obtain a TWIC, an individual must successfully pass a security threat assessment conducted by Transportation Security Administration (TSA).

The Coast Guard will be responsible for enforcing TWIC rules, and will be assisted by facility owners, port police, and other federal, state and local partners to achieve the security goals of the program. To ensure that all port facilities are complying with the TWIC requirements, Coast Guard and other law enforcement agencies will conduct routine inspections and random spot checks.

It can take four to six weeks from the time of enrollment to the time that an applicant receives their TWIC, so maritime workers including terminal employees, longshoremen, truck drivers, agents, and contractors should apply for TWIC as soon as possible.

Additional information regarding TWIC enrollment centers in which maritime workers can apply is available the TSA TWIC information website. http://twicinformation.tsa.dhs.gov/twicinfo/CenterSearchAction.do

You may also call 1-866-DHS-TWIC (1-866-347-8942) or 1-877-MTSA-AID (1-877-687-2243, Option 1) for more information.

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