By Eric Miller, Staff Reporter
This story appears in the June 25 print edition of Transport Topics. Click here to subscribe today.
Truckers and maritime workers soon will be allowed to extend their expiring Transportation Worker Identification Credential cards by three years at a reduced price because federal officials are facing delays in deploying biometric card readers.
Amid growing pressure from Congress, the Transportation Security Administration announced that beginning Aug. 30, it will allow a three-year extension to TWIC holders whose five-year cards expire on or before Dec. 31, 2014.
TSA will charge $60 for the new biometric credentials, less than half of the normal $129.75 TWIC enrollment fee.
The extension process calls for only one trip, rather than two, to a TWIC enrollment center, and also extends the expiration date of a cardholder’s security threat assessment background check by three years.