NVIC 03-07 provides guidance on implementation of the Final Rule – Transportation Worker Identification Credential Implementation in the Maritime Sector; Hazardous Material Endorsement for a Commercial Driver’s License (72 FR 3492) (referred to as the TWIC rule) − which made major changes to 33 CFR Chapter I Subchapter H, 46 CFR Chapter I Subchapter B, and 49 CFR Chapter XII Subchapter D. The Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) will satisfy the requirement for a biometric credential as mandated by 46 U.S.C. § 70105, which was enacted by the Maritime Transportation Security Act of 2002 (MTSA) and then amended by the Security and Accountability For Every (SAFE) Port Act of 2006. The information in this NVIC details the enrollment and issuance process, provides guidance for successful execution of compliance requirements, provides clarification of the TWIC regulations, and includes a more detailed discussion of the actions required by those regulations, with examples, to increase understanding and promote nationwide consistency. These guidelines are intended to help industry comply with the new regulations and the Coast Guard Captains of the Port (COTP) implement the TWIC Program.

NVIC 03-07 is also be available on TSA's web site www.tsa.gov as of 06JUL07.