TWIC (Transportation Worker Identification Credential) cards issued by the TSA (Transportation Security Administration) are expiring. Don’t be caught with an expired card or you will be denied access to the Port of Houston Authority facilities.
“We will deny access, circle the expiration date in red Sharpie, and recommend that the individual get a new card,” explained Marcus Woodring, Managing Director of Port Authority Health, Safety, Security and Environmental. “There are absolutely no exceptions for access. An expired TWIC means you don’t have a TWIC.”
If someone attempts access to Port Authority property with a TWIC that has the expiration date circled, the US Coast Guard will be notified of a “repeated attempt to access the facility with a false ID”. The Port Police will respond and complete a police report for those incidents.
Under the law, The Port Authority cannot grant “waivers” for people with expired TWICs and allow access.
The cards are issued and handled by TSA, not the Port Authority. Renewing a TWIC is a better idea than allowing one to expire and then attempting to get the TWIC card renewed after expiration.
The TSA is reporting an overwhelming number of calls asking for extensions on expiring cards. TSA requests that you order an EED TWIC no sooner than 4 months prior to your current TWIC expiration date. If your card expires within 4 months and you would like to order an EED TWIC, please call the TWIC Help Desk at 1-866-DHS-TWIC (1-866-347-8942). More information is available at http://www.tsa.gov/stakeholders/transportation-worker-identification-credential-twic%C2%AE.
For more information concerning the Port Authority and TWIC, visit http://www.portofhouston.com/inside-the-port-authority/port-security-emergency-operations/twic-twic-escort/.
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