TSA tweaks TWIC requirements, fees

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) plans to make several changes to its Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) program this year, such as lowering the card’s fee slightly while boosting “proof-of-citizenship” documentation requirements.

Starting in July, the agency said TWIC applicants who claim U.S. citizenship must provide documents to prove their citizenship at the time of enrollment to ensure all card applicants meet TWIC eligibility requirements. [A list of acceptable documentation can be found here.]

TSA added that this rule change will “better align proof-of-citizenship requirements” with those of other agency programs such as the Hazardous Material Endorsement.

The agency also plans to reduce the TEIV fee slightly – by $1.75 – to $128 this February due to lower FBI fingerprint processing charges. 

TSA emphasized that TWIC applicants paying by company check or money order need to make sure the check or money order is made out for exactly $128 and stressed that enrollment centers still will not accept cash or make refunds for checks or money orders over the correct amount.

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