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Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC®) and Hazardous Materials Endorsement


The Transportation Worker Identification Credential, also known as TWIC®, is required by the Maritime Transportation Security Act for workers who need access to secure areas of the nation’s maritime facilities/vessels, and others who require a TWIC®.

Individuals who hold a TWIC® may be eligible to pay a reduced fee when applying for a Hazardous Materials Endorsement (HME) on their Virginia commercial driver's license, as they may forgo the portion of the security threat assessments (fingerprinting and background check) already completed during the application process for the TWIC®.

If an individual uses his/her TWIC® as comparability when applying for an HME, then the HME expiration date will be tied to the expiration date of the TWIC - the HME will expire no later than the current expiration date of the TWIC.

Comparability - Eligibility

Effective February 26, 2013, Virginia HME applicants may use their TWIC® as a comparable security threat assessment during the application process, provided that the TWIC® has at least one year and five days remaining before it expires. DMV will confirm the eligibility of applicants online with the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) as part of its HME security threat assessment application process.

Comparability - Application Reduced Fee

Individuals eligible to use TWIC® comparability will be charged $41 for the HME instead of the full HME fee of $83. Any applicant with a TWIC® may choose to either utilize the reduced fee TWIC® comparability option or pay for the full HME including a background check and fingerprinting. Applicants should consider the expiration date of their current TWIC® security threat assessments to determine if it is more cost effective to apply for a full five-year fee HME.

Applying for a TWIC®

Individuals may apply for a TWIC® either online or at select DMV locations.

Additional Information

For more information, please see TWIC Frequently Asked Questions.