The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has, without fanfare, updated its website with the â€œLatest Newsâ€ 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.
The price reduction is a consequence of an FBI Notice in the Federal Register of December 20, 2011 dropping the cost of finger-print-based Criminal History Record Information checks by $2.75, effective that date in March. According to TSAâ€™s Frequently Asked Questions on the reduction, people who enroll for a TWIC before March 19th will not receive a refund. On the other hand, the same $2.75 fee reduction (to $105.25) will apply for TWIC applicants who have undergone a security threat assessment for another credential, i.e. those who hold a:
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.
Itâ€™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 hasnâ€™t worked for me as I havenâ€™t received any emails. In any event, this announcement appears quite recent. The bottom line: If you donâ€™t absolutely need to get or renew a TWIC right away, wait until March 19th. That way you can buy a medium McCafé Smoothie with your savings (the fries will be out of pocket, however).
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