TWIC Holders Get Discount When Applying for HME on CDL
Effective February 27, 2012, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is discounting the cost of a Security Threat Assessment (STA) for HazMat Endorsements (HME) to all holders of Transportation Worker Identification Credentials (TWIC). To qualify for the discount, the driver must have a valid TWIC card with at least one year of eligibility remaining. Presently, the discount is only available in the following States: AZ, CA, DE, HI, MO, NC, OR, SD, UT, WV and the District of Columbia. TSA will expand the discount to more States also utilizing the TSA contractor to perform the HME Security Threat Assessment (STA). The discount is $22.25, resulting in a $67 fee for an HME STA. When utilizing this discount, the HME will expire on the same day as the TWIC card. Drivers holding a TWIC retain their option to pay the full price and receive an HME that is valid for five years. The discount is a move in the right direction by TSA, but it is far from the single STA solution ATA seeks to replace the multiple screenings impacting drivers today.