TSA Pre✓® and TWIC Programs to Be Offered at Virginia DMV
The Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) and MorphoTrust USA announced today a first-of-its-kind partnership to include enrollment services at 10 DMV locations in Virginia. The services will initially include: TSA Pre✓® enrollment, which allows U.S. citizens to enjoy expedited security screenings within American airports, and Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC), which is required by the Maritime Transportation Security Act for workers who need access to secure areas of the nation's maritime facilities and vessels.
Virginia DMV already partners with several state agencies to offer our customers certified copies of birth certificates, hunting and fishing licenses and more. This new partnership with TSA's contractor MorphoTrust allows us to bring yet another highly sought-after service into DMV customer service centers so Virginians can obtain TWIC and TSA Pre✓® credentials conveniently and efficiently
The contract that was signed this week includes setting up enrollment centers in nine DMV locations by the end of the year and a tenth office next year.
"We are excited to partner with the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles to bring important enrollment services to the citizens of the Commonwealth," said Bob Eckel, CEO of MorphoTrust. "As the first state to sign-on to offer TSA Pre✓® and TWIC directly in their DMVs, Virginia's innovative decision to create one-stop-shop offices allows them to better meet the needs of their citizens."
TSA Pre✓® is an expedited security screening program that connects travelers departing from more than 150 U.S. airports with smarter security and a more convenient travel experience. TSA Pre✓® travelers do not need to remove shoes, laptops, liquids, belts or light jackets at security checkpoints. TSA Pre✓® helps take the stress out of travel for more than two million travelers who have enrolled in the program.
With nearly ten percent of state's resident workforce linked to the Port of Virginia activity, the TWIC program is an important service to offer at Virginia DMV. The TWIC program provides a tamper-resistant biometric credential to maritime workers requiring unescorted access to secure areas of port facilities, outer continental shelf facilities, and vessels regulated under the Maritime Transportation Security Act of 2002, or MTSA, and all U.S. Coast Guard credentialed merchant mariners. To obtain a TWIC, an individual must provide biographic and biometric information such as fingerprints, sit for a digital photograph and successfully pass a security threat assessment conducted by TSA.
Sarah HOROWITZCommunications DepartmentMorphoTrust USA296 Concord Road
Billerica, MA 01821(202) 379-0546