I’ve just returned from the TWIC enrollment center for the Port of Boston (which has relocated to an office park in the ‘great seafaring’ town of Woburn).
I’m filing for renewal
A few things I learned today…
- Your passport-style MMC will not qualify you for the reduced processing fee of $102. There is a memo that was circulated to the various TWIC offices, complete with pictures of a MMC, Z-card/MMD, and a paper license, with check marks and x’s next to each image for whether it qualifies for reduced fees. (MMD and paper license have checks, MMC gets an X)
- LOCKHEED MARTIN handles the TWIC. If you intend to pay with a certified check, it’ll have their name written after “Pay to”
I was shocked that our [I]new and improved[/I] MMC would somehow be interpreted differently than the old MMD/license combination. I protested the fee and requested a copy of the (posted) memo, to no avail. Basically, I was told that the memo was internal and not for distribution to the public, and that if I wished to have a renewed TWIC (…and therefore license, job, home, etc…) I would have to pay the $132.50 processing fee.
[B]From the TSA’s website FAQ’s:[/B] “The fee for TWIC is $132.50 and is valid for five years. Workers with current, comparable background checks will pay a reduced fee of $105.25.”
So FYI, none of the following documents qualify as “current, comparable background checks”. I tried them all.
- A Current TWIC Card.
- A Navy CAC Card
- A Merchant Mariner’s Credential
- State license
- DoD ID