Maryland to offer TSA PreCheck, maritime ID services at six MVA locations

Travelers go through the TSA PreCheck security point.
Travelers go through the TSA PreCheck security point. (Joe Raedle / Getty Images)

The Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration will begin offering TSA PreCheck and Transportation Worker Identification Credential applications at six of its locations by the end of the year, officials announced Wednesday.

The services allow U.S. citizens to apply for expedited airport security screenings and credentials to access secure areas at U.S. maritime facilities for people who work in such areas.


The first three "IdentoGO" centers, manufactured by Massachusetts-based MorphoTrust USA, are available at the MVA's offices in Annapolis, Waldorf and Salisbury. The next three will open later this year in Glen Burnie, Frederick and Gaithersburg.

The equipment has been paid for by the Transportation Security Administration, and it came at no cost to the state, according to MVA spokesman Eric Payne.

A TSA Pre-Check requires fingerprinting and other information, and costs an $85 application fee.

A Transportation Worker Identification Credential requires an applicant to provide fingerprints and biographical information, have their photograph taken and pass a security threat assessment conducted by the Transportation Security Administration.

"Offering our Maryland customers easy access to enroll in TWIC and TSA PreCheck is part of our commitment to make services our customers want as convenient and accessible as possible," said MDOT MVA Administrator Christine Nizer.