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TWIC Holders Can Use Their Credentials to Obtain TSA PreCheck

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has expanded its TSA PreCheck™ eligibility to all active Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC®) holders. This new benefit immediately allows nearly 3.5 million individuals to obtain TSA PreCheck at no additional cost beyond what they have already paid for their credentials.

TWIC® populations have already paid for and successfully completed a security threat assessment comparable to the TSA PreCheck security threat assessment. In addition, TWIC® is required by the Maritime Transportation Security Act for workers who need access to secure areas of the nation’s maritime facilities and vessels.

TWIC® holders can obtain TSA PreCheck expedited screening by entering the identification numbers printed on their TWIC® card or state-issued CDL during the airline reservation process. Active TWIC® cardholders enter their TWIC® credential identification number (CIN) in their airline reservation’s known traveler number (KTN) field. The CIN is printed on the back of each TWIC® card in the lower left-hand corner. In addition, active HME holders enter the two-letter state abbreviation and CDL identification number from their state-issued commercial driver’s license in the appropriate KTN field. (For example, MS987456321.) If you are having troubles, you may have an invalid CIN and must contact the TWIC help desk for further assistance.

TSA PreCheck is an expedited screening program offered by TSA that allows travelers to leave on their shoes, light outerwear and belt, keep their laptop in its case, and their food and 3-1-1 compliant liquids/gels bag in a carry-on, in select TSA airport checkpoint screening lanes. More than 200 airports participate in TSA PreCheck nationwide, and dozens of airlines participate in the popular program.

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