TWIC Cards Good Or Bad Idea?

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Whitney R.'s Comment
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Trying to figure out if I want to get my TWIC Card for a job. Good or bad idea?

TWIC:

Transportation Worker Identification Credential

Truck drivers who regularly pick up from or deliver to the shipping ports will often be required to carry a TWIC card.

Your TWIC is a tamper-resistant biometric card which acts as both your identification in secure areas, as well as an indicator of you having passed the necessary security clearance. TWIC cards are valid for five years. The issuance of TWIC cards is overseen by the Transportation Security Administration and the Department of Homeland Security.

Turtle's Comment
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If you ever have to deliver to or pick up from a port, you'll have to have a TWIC card. Likewise if you ever deliver to a military base or Federal institution.

Good or bad idea?

Nothing bad can come from having a TWIC card, it'll only make you more versatile as a driver. So the better question is why not have one?

TWIC:

Transportation Worker Identification Credential

Truck drivers who regularly pick up from or deliver to the shipping ports will often be required to carry a TWIC card.

Your TWIC is a tamper-resistant biometric card which acts as both your identification in secure areas, as well as an indicator of you having passed the necessary security clearance. TWIC cards are valid for five years. The issuance of TWIC cards is overseen by the Transportation Security Administration and the Department of Homeland Security.

Stevo Reno's Comment
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I always wondered if you have a passport, why won't that work as well?? Still need a background check for a passport lol But then again, over the years I've been fingerprinted and ain't got a knock on the door by the "Men in Black" lol

Steve L.'s Comment
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I’ve delivered/picked up at a couple military installations and lots of ports (okay, about four ports LOTS of times 😆) and never needed a TWIC card.

No TWIC means you’ll need an escort AND you’ll pay (but much cheaper than the escorts most people think of😆). However, as a company driver, both companies I’ve worked for had us write a T-Check/Comdata check. So no out of pocket cost to the driver. And the escorts always know where to go. One wrong turn in some of the ports and you could be in a difficult situation.

Bottom line for me; 7 years in and I’ve never needed it.

I hope this helps.

TWIC:

Transportation Worker Identification Credential

Truck drivers who regularly pick up from or deliver to the shipping ports will often be required to carry a TWIC card.

Your TWIC is a tamper-resistant biometric card which acts as both your identification in secure areas, as well as an indicator of you having passed the necessary security clearance. TWIC cards are valid for five years. The issuance of TWIC cards is overseen by the Transportation Security Administration and the Department of Homeland Security.

Robert B. (The Dragon) ye's Comment
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They’re good to have for ports and certain federal institutions. Many military bases aren’t accepting them anymore, you have to fill out for a quick background check and they issue a release form good for 6 months.

Chief Brody's Comment
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I needed mine for a delivery to a industrial receiver. It was neither a military or a port. I don't see any reason not to get one they're pretty easy to get.

Turtle's Comment
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I've needed my twic for several ports and bases, no exceptions. My wife was with me once when I delivered to the port of Savannah, and she was made to wait outside the gates in a little bus stop type booth while I delivered, due to her not having a TWIC. I learned after that to drop her at a store or truck stop prior to going.

TWIC:

Transportation Worker Identification Credential

Truck drivers who regularly pick up from or deliver to the shipping ports will often be required to carry a TWIC card.

Your TWIC is a tamper-resistant biometric card which acts as both your identification in secure areas, as well as an indicator of you having passed the necessary security clearance. TWIC cards are valid for five years. The issuance of TWIC cards is overseen by the Transportation Security Administration and the Department of Homeland Security.

Whitney R.'s Comment
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If I decide to get it, I don't want to be forced by the employer to go to the Ports. Like mentioned one wrong turn and this tricky situation could be costly. Hearing that they are useful in different scenarios is helpful.

He said ESCORTS!! HAHAHAHA Thank you all for the help! (Any other suggestions I am all ears.)

Turtle's Comment
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If you can find your way across the country you should be able to navigate through a port. Don't worry about that. It isn't that difficult.

Whitney R.'s Comment
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If you can find your way across the country you should be able to navigate through a port. Don't worry about that. It isn't that difficult.

Thank you - :)

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