TWICs Will Cost a Little Less
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has, without fanfare, updated its website with the “Latest News” that the cost to get a Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) will drop slightly, as of March 19, 2012. At that time, the price of TWIC will drop from $132.50 to $129.75.
- valid Hazardous Materials Endorsement (HME) issued after May 31, 2005,
- valid Free and Secure Trade (FAST) card,
- Merchant Mariner Document (MMD) issued after February 3, 2003, or
- Merchant Marine License (MML) issued after January 13, 2006.
The reduction will also apply to applications for HAZMAT Endorsements submitted in TSA Agent States.
It’s not clear when TSA posted this news. The agency does not date its updates. You might be able to date news announcements by subscribing to email updates, but it hasn’t worked for me as I haven’t received any emails. In any event, this announcement appears quite recent.
The bottom line: If you don’t absolutely need to get or renew a TWIC right away, wait until March 19. That way you can buy a medium McCafé Smoothie with your savings (the fries will be out of pocket, however).
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