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DHS/USCG RIN: 1625-AB80 Publication ID: Spring 2013 
Title: Revision to Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) Requirements for Mariners 
Abstract: The Coast Guard is revising its merchant mariner credentialing regulations to implement the requirements of section 809 of the Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2010, Public Law 111-281. Section 809 eliminates the requirement for certain mariner populations to hold a Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC). The Coast Guard is also adjusting its regulations to provide an exemption for certain fees associated with merchant mariner credentialing for those mariners not required to hold a TWIC, but who may still be required to visit a TWIC enrollment center to provide the information necessary to obtain a Merchant Mariner Credential. This rulemaking implements section 809 through revised regulations addressing the applicability of the TWIC requirements and the process of obtaining an MMC for affected mariners, and will supersede Coast Guard Policy Letter 11-15 issued December 2011, which provided affected mariners some of the relief presented by section 809 while the Coast Guard worked on this rulemaking. 
Agency: Department of Homeland Security(DHS)  Priority: Other Significant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Final Rule Stage 
Major: No  Unfunded Mandates: No 
CFR Citation: 46 CFR 10    46 CFR 11    46 CFR 12    46 CFR 15   
Legal Authority: sec 809 of the Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2010, PL 111-281, codified at 46 USC 70105(b)(2)    46 USC 2110(g)   
Legal Deadline:  None
Action Date FR Cite
Interim Final Rule  10/00/2013 
Additional Information: Includes Retrospective Review under E.O. 13563
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No  Government Levels Affected: Federal 
Small Entities Affected: No  Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
Agency Contact:
Megan Johns
Project Manager
Department of Homeland Security
U.S. Coast Guard
CG-MMC-2, 2703 Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue SE, STOP 7509,
Washington, DC 20593-7509
Phone:202 372-1225