TWIC

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  1. kpwehope

    kpwehope Member

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    Just wanted to let everyone know that if you haven't started the process for the TWIC card you might want to get going on it. I thought we had plenty of time so I put it off a little, I just went online to start the process, the first available appointment at our local center wasn't until mid-May. It takes about 6 weeks to get the card after you apply so that is pushing towards Indoc. So get going everyone!
     
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    Yes. Start early. It took four weeks from time of initial appointment to time that credential was ready for pick-up by my son.

    I believe we were blessed in that we have very little wait time to get an appointment since we worked through a less busy location....the Port of Kansas City, Missouri (who would have guessed....Kansas City had a port).
     
  3. GHLord

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    Here in Maryland it took 2 weeks to get the appointment (which was today!). Expect to pick up card in 3 weeks. Don't delay! :rolleyes:
     
  4. kdbax

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    We were very fortunate; the Port of Albany didn't require an appointment and son went in last week during his spring vacation. The credential should be ready for pick-up by the end of May.
     
  5. kp13

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    It didn't take that long for my twic to be ready, I don't know if they wern't busy or what but my card was ready within a week! But always a good idea to get a head start just in case.
     
  6. idahogreers

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    Closest port is 7 hours away

    We were told that if the nearest port is an excessive distance away, then they will assist our son with obtaining the TWIC card when he is at the academy. From land-locked Idaho, the closest port is 7 hours drive away, so we are going to have to wait.

    During the Orientation meeting yesterday, Captain Johnson stated that they would help the candidates get the TWIC card before they leave for their Sea Year.

    BTW - Orientation was fantastic. This was our first visit to the campus. What a great place and wonderful people. Son is even more convinced this is the place for him!
     
  7. TX2KP

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    From Loggingin2012

    You must obtain a Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC). The TWIC was established by Congress through the Maritime Transportation Security Act (MTSA) and is administered by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and U.S. Coast Guard. TWICs are tamper-resistant biometric credentials issued to workers who require unescorted access to secure areas of ports, including all Merchant Mariners. To obtain a TWIC you must go to a TSA enrollment center twice, once for enrollment, the second time to pick up the TWIC. Enrollment and pick-up must be done at the same enrollment center. Once you enroll, there may be a six to eight week wait to pick up the TWIC, so enroll early. The cost of the TWIC is currently $132.50. Proof of obtaining a TWIC may be demonstrated to the Academy in several ways, listed in priority order:
    (1) Mail the TWIC to Midshipmen Personnel along with your Passport prior to your arrival.
    (2) Surrender the TWIC during in-processing at the Academy.
    (3) Show proof of enrollment for a TWIC during in-processing at the Academy by providing a copy of the receipt from the enrollment center if you have not yet been notified that the TWIC is available for pick-up. The student in this case will have to pick up the TWIC at the first opportunity (e.g., authorized leave period in which the student travels to the vicinity of the enrollment center), then surrender the TWIC to Midshipmen Personnel.
    (4) Provide a written statement to Midshipmen Personnel during in-processing that states the nearest enrollment center was more than 200 miles from your home and/or would have represented a significant burden on the student or family to enroll for a TWIC prior to reporting. In this case, the Academy will arrange for the student to obtain the TWIC some time during the academic year at the New York City enrollment center. The student must provide the funds to pay for the TWIC, either credit card or check (no cash).
    NOTE: Foreign students do not have to obtain a TWIC prior to reporting to the Academy. They will be processed for a TWIC during the academic year.

    I contacted Admissions about a month ago and they confirmed that they will follow the same process this year.
     
  8. VRSCDX

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    TRY a WALK-IN

    We did not think it was so bad. We made the appt. Waited about 5 weeks. The day we got to TWIC in Oakland, CA, they had NO record whatsoever of our appt. But they were processing Walk-Ins Left and Right. We were treated as a walk-in and were out of there before our appt time anyway. The clerk told us they did not think it would take long, since our sign essentially had no background yet. Two weeks later we got an email saying the card was ready for pick up and that we should make an appt for pick up. Appts were six weeks out, yet our son's spring break was in 4 days. We drove up, got processed as a walk in and was out of there in less than 30 minutes. Maybe the TWIC site near you does walk ins.
     
  9. 2013Parent

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    TWIC is at the center!
     

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