Wednesday, July 11, 2018

TSA Begins Issuing New TWIC Design

From TSA, 07/10/2018:  "The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) began issuing a new, more secure Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC®) on July 10, 2018. Incorporating enhanced security features, the new TWIC® design aims to deter counterfeiting efforts and mitigate the fraudulent use of the credential at regulated facilities and vessels. Below are some key details about the new card:

               Current TWIC® card holders do not need to replace a valid TWIC® card with the new TWIC® card design. 
               Regulated entities that require TWIC® for access will accept and recognize both the current and new TWIC® designs until the card’s expiration.
               The new card design is compatible with qualified TWIC® readers.
               To deter alteration of the card’s expiration date, the new card includes a color-coded expiration date box that will update on an annual basis.
               The fee for the newly re-designed TWIC® card remains unchanged ($125.25) and the credential is valid for five years."

“TWIC Authentication Guide” document focused on the overt security features of the new TWIC® card design has been cleared for public release. 

Please note, TSA did not approve, disapprove, or endorse this blog post.