Hazardous Material Endorsement (HME) and Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC)
Comparable Security Threat Assessments (STAs) Frequently Asked Questions
- Are the background checks for a TWIC the same as the background checks conducted for individuals applying for a HME?
- Yes. They have the same eligibility requirements, share a consistent waiver and appeal process, and leverage the same fingerprint-based criminal history records check. As a result, the HME and TWIC security threat assessments have been deemed comparable.
- Do applicants with TWICs have to repeat the security threat assessments if they are applying for HME?
- Applicants who apply for a HME using a TWIC that has at least one year and five days prior to its expiration and has been validated via Transportation Security Administration (TSA) do not have to repeat the security threat assessments. However, applicants must fill out the HME application (DL70).
- If an applicant qualifies for a TWIC comparable HME, what is the application fee?
- The application fee is reduced from $83 to $41. Applicants have the option to apply for a full-fee HME if they determine it is more cost effective. Individuals should consider the expiration date of their current TWIC in order to determine if it is more cost effective to apply for a full or a comparable/reduced fee HME.
- If TWIC holders choose to apply for a TWIC comparable HME, when will their HME expire?
- The HME will be issued with the same expiration date as the individual's TWIC. Therefore, individuals should consider the expiration date of their current TWIC to determine if it is cost effective to apply for a reduced fee comparable HME or for a full fee HME.
- Since HME requirements are specific to the individual states, are all 50 states and the District of Columbia offering individuals who hold TWICs a reduced fee when applying for an HME?
- No. Due to specific state statutes, license cycles, and system limitations, not all states will be able to offer a reduced fee for the HME to their applicants. Applicants in a state that can offer comparability will be provided notice during the application process, and the application itself will offer individuals the option to pay a reduced fee by electing to use a comparable TWIC.
- How do TWIC holders who are applying for HME know if the state where they are applying for the HME offers comparability?
- Applicants can ask states about comparability during the application process, or they can contact the TSA HazPrints Help Desk at (877) 429-7746 (7AM-9PM Eastern, Monday - Friday). Additionally, the online application (available at http://hazprints.tsa.dhs.gov) for the HME security threat assessments will identify whether particular states offer comparability once applicants specify the state in which they are licensed.