Extended Expiration TWIC Available


First Segment of Expiration Dates Has Started


October 2012


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SIU members are reminded to check the expiration dates on their federally issued

Transportation Worker Identification Credentials (TWIC), especially now that the first documents issued back in 2007 have begun expiring.


Mariners weren’t required to secure TWICs until April 2009, but the cards were available beginning in October 2007. Hence, any of the TWICs issued at that time with a five-year expiration date are due for renewal.


Meanwhile, as previously reported, the Transportation Security Administration recently

began offering certain TWIC holders the option of replacing their expiring TWICs with a three-year Extended Expiration Date (EED) TWIC. That credential will cost $60 and may be obtained via a single trip to an enrollment center.


Detailed information about the three-year credential was published in recent issues of the LOG (including page 4 of the August edition) and is available at www.seafarers.org in a June 15 post in the “News” section.


Information is available directly from the TSA at 1-866-347-8942, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Eastern, and at www.tsa.gov/twic.


When the agency announced the EED TWIC, the policy bulletin read in part: “Effective August 30, 2012, TWIC holders who are U.S. citizens or U.S. nationals, and whose TWICs will expire on or before December 31, 2014, have two options to renew their TWIC. They may either replace their expiring TWIC with a 3-year Extended Expiration Date (EED) TWIC or obtain a standard 5-year replacement. All TWIC holders should begin the application process at least 30 days before his or her TWIC expires.


“The EED TWIC is a one-time temporary extension option intended to provide convenience and cost- savings to workers pending the deployment of TWIC readers. TWIC holders who are not U.S. citizens or U.S. nationals are required to enroll for a standard 5-year replacement upon expiration of their current TWIC.”


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