The New CEAS Program is here, and there are some changes you should know about.
New CEAS Credential Design
Introducing the Virtual Credential: Virtual credentials are intended to introduce convenience and flexibility into the program. Think of your CEAS credential as a TSA virtual boarding pass. It also allows participating users to respond to an event based on situational need and not lock them into a set of pre-assigned individuals. Learn how to switch to CEAS Virtual Credentials.
Vehicle Dashboard Placard: Introduced during the COVID-19 pandemic, the CEAS Vehicle Dashboard Placard now comes standard along with your Virtual credential and can be self-printed by the end-user for display while traveling during times of restricted travel. Your vehicle placard will arrive as a printable image as part of the Virtual Credential email sent to your assigned employees. The CEAS Vehicle Dashboard Placard is currently only available to Virtual Credential holders.
Flex Cards: are NOT available as virtual credentials, regardless of whether you've chosen to go virtual or retain physical credentials. If you wish to use a physical Flex card, you will continue to receive them. If your company has chosen to go virtual, you can replace any flex card with a virtual credential. Please remember, to replace a physical Flex card with a virtual credential, the name, photo, and email address of the employee receiving the credential is required (new employees not previously in the system must also acknowledge receiving the program orientation.)
Program Interoperability: The purpose of the CEAS credential redesign is twofold. First, the new credential (both physical and Virtual) draws immediate attention of the holder's essential nature to the reviewer. Second, removing addresses and city seals facilitates interoperability between CEAS jurisdictional programs. In short, the new credential design removes address restrictions and allows your essential employees to be recognized across all active CEAS programs.
- No Activation Required: The new CEAS program does not require a specific activation or announcement by government officials. Credential holders should present their credentials if challenged any time the jurisdiction declares a general "Essential Employee/ Worker/ Personnel" only condition.
- No Longer Address Based: CEAS credentials are no longer associated with specific addresses or facilities. Your ability to travel or access a specified area is now determined by your Essential Employee status.
- Removal of Access Levels / Introduction of NAICS Codes: Since the emergency often drives what industries are critical to crisis response, we are no longer predetermining access based on specific industry types. Instead, we have integrated the North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) code into each credential, allowing government officials to restrict access and travel by industry if necessary. A NAICS code has been assigned to your company; all coordinators should check the code for correctness.
- Sunsetting of Multi-Facility & All Area Cards: The deemphasis on address location has allowed us to streamline credentialing by sunsetting two types of CEAS Cards.
- The All-Area Card was initially intended for companies with work locations too numerous or impractical for Multi-Facility Card use; it will be replaced by the CEAS (physical) Standard and Virtual Credentials.
- The Multi-Facility Card previously permitted individual access based on the need to enter multiple company workplaces. With the program's operational changes, which include removing location requirements, the new CEAS Standard and Virtual credentials will replace the Multi-Facility Card because work location is no longer a determining factor to permit travel and access.
Sunsetting of Multi-Facility and All Area Cards
Due to the lifting of address restrictions in the program, you will no longer need nor be able to issue Multi-Facility Cards or All Area Access Cards in CEAS. A Standard (physical) CEAS Card or Virtual Credential is all you need.