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DHS/USCG RIN: 1625-AB80 Publication ID: Fall 2018 
Title: Revision to Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) Requirements for Mariners 

The Coast Guard is proposing to revise 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).  This rule would propose revisions to Coast Guard regulations to reflect that certain mariner populations are exempt from the TWIC requirement and its associated fees.  Such mariners would still be required to apply for and obtain a Merchant Mariner Credential (MMC).  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: Long-Term Actions 
Major: No  Unfunded Mandates: No 
EO 13771 Designation: Other 
CFR Citation: 46 CFR 10    46 CFR 15   
Legal Authority: 46 U.S.C. 70105(b)(2)    46 U.S.C. 2110(g)   
Legal Deadline:  None
Action Date FR Cite
NPRM  To Be Determined 
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