Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC)
An individual who holds a Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) may be eligible to pay a reduced fee when applying for a Hazardous Materials Endorsement (HAZMAT) on their Virginia commercial driver's license. This is because he or she 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 are eligible to use their TWIC as a comparable security threat assessment during the application process as long as the TWIC has at least one year and five days remaining before it expires. DMV will confirm the eligibility of applicants online with 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 which includes 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.
For more information, please see TWIC Frequently Asked Questions.