Victory! TSA Allows TWIC to Satisfy HME Requirements 


The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has issued an exemption, effective March 1st, on the issue of Transportation Worker Identification Credentials (TWIC) and Hazardous Materials Endorsements (HME). The exemption will allow workers who possess a valid TWIC to be issued an HME with no further testing or fees.

This exemption follows comments submitted jointly by NTTC and the American Trucking Associations (ATA) in 2018 highlighting both the overlapping requirements of these credentials and the recent changes to federal law that allowed for states to issue an HME to an individual “if the individual holds a valid TWIC issued by TSA in accordance with 46 U.S.C. 70105.”

TSA has issued this exemption temporarily, so that workers may take advantage of the change while TSA takes steps to officially update its regulations.

This change will save drivers and the operations they work for time and money while they obtain the endorsements and certifications they need. We thank our partners at ATA for their collaboration and assistance in this effort.

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