I was just askedby a friend up near Baltimore if I recieved a letter from the USCG about my Captains licensebeing revoked for Non compliance w/ TWIC? He said the letter stated as April 15, 2009 ALL USCG Licensed Mariners were required to be compliant or there credentials were revoked. His call to USCG confirmed this and there was nothing they could do once rovokation was initiated basically he was told he had to go through the whole licensing process again, now he is consulting w/ alawyer to attempt litigation. It doesn't look good for him.
Got mine, glad I don't have to play that game!
IF true... It's the fastest paper work that's ever gone through that office!
I agree, I asked him that and he said something about a complience date of December
31, 2008 was established for Baltimore Harbor area. apparently each region has different compliance dates. Who knows its all filled with bureaucratic double talk but it sounds as though that is the process across the board. Should be interesting to see how restrictive the feds will make it. Who knows the next requirement.
I cant believe that would be true. I did the online registration almost a year ago. In march, I tried to call several times to set up an appointment and the office told me they were not taking appointments until after april 15- which was the due date- because the Twic office was overwhelmed. I have called them several times since and have been unable to get an appointment. I plan on going in on monday- hopefully they will give me an appointment if I go into the office, but I dont understand how they could revoke my license if they wouldnt even give me an appointment to get in there.
I have not seen the letter for the coast guard, but at the same rate it isnt like I havent been trying to get mine.
Go to the website to book an appointment. It's a breeze.
The Newport News location where I got mine is not a large operation. It consisted of one guy...period. He was the one conducting the interviews. There was no one else around, even to answer the phone.
I booked both of the required appointments online and went right in, going to the head of the line both times over quite of few guys who had just showed up without appointments.
The best way is to apply online , wait for online confirmation, make an appointment online as soon as you get confirmation , take the necessary paperwork with you. You will be in and out in 1/2 hour. Just showing up at that office is not the way to go. I did it that way.
takes about 6 weeks for them it complete the paperwork on their end, but once you get the reply from them you will have less problems and no ulcer.
Let me know what you find out, I know I took 4 days to get mine, I wish I would have done it earlier and not waited till the last minute. Got mine on the 14th of April. I would like to know straight from the "Horses mouth" but if you ask 3 people from the CG office you'll get 3 different answer! I just hate to see anyone get screwed. You woyuld think they would be set up to handle volume of requests or provide a process while you are waiting....
This is just my experience.
Did the online registration, made an appt. online. Once I had the appt set took the required doc's with me. Less than 15 min in the office and had the TWIC in two weeks. They called me when it was ready, made another appt. online to pick it up and took 5mins to activate the card. Total time approx 20 mins.
From what I understand if you dont have the card after April 15th 2009 w/ your MMD or Capt. Lic your ticket is invalid until you do. Here's a link TSA | Transportation Security Administration | U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Hope this helps.
Just another tax- $ 132.50 pissed away
That clears it up. I will probably never pull my TWIC out of my wallet, but I sure had to pull $132.00 out!