The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has sent proposed revisions to the Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) program to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and approval.
Among other revisions related to Merchant Mariners, TSA is implementing an online renewal capability for applicants who previously maintained an active TWIC. According to TSA, approximately 60% of active TWIC cardholders enroll for a new TWIC after the initial five-year expiration date. TSA believes online TWIC renewals will reduce cost and processing time by permitting eligible applicants to obtain a new TWIC without enrolling in-person at a TSA enrollment center. Accordingly, the renewal fee for TWIC will decrease with the implementation of online renewals.
TSA is accepting comments on the proposed revisions until March 26, 2021.