What is TSA Pre-Check?
TSA PreCheck enrollment allows qualified and low-risk airline passengers to complete the security screening process headed by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) at an expedited rate. The TSA PreCheck program was developed in order to alleviate the stress at security checkpoints caused by the increase in travelers rushing to catch their flights. Today, completing a TSA PreCheck application gives flight passengers a chance to skip this prolonged process and get to their gates sooner. Airport PreCheck applicants who meet TSA PreCheck requirements are allowed to pass through security checkpoints without removing prohibited items such as shoes, liquids and gels, laptops, light outerwear and belts. TSA pre approved travelers can utilize airport PreCheck memberships at all participating airports in the United States for most domestic flights, as well as many international departures. TSA Precheck must also be approved by a specific airline in order for clearance through designated security lines.For more information, continue on to the sections below:
- Who can get TSA PreCheck
- How to get TSA PreCheck
TSA PreCheck Eligibility
Travelers who are eligible for the TSA PreCheck program must meet a number of requirements prior to completing the TSA PreCheck application. Qualified TSA Precheck applicants must have the status of either U.S. citizens or lawful permanent residents who have never been convicted of any of the TSA PreCheck prohibited crimes (i.e. certain types of felonies). Flyers enrolled in Customs and Border Protection Trusted Traveler programs are also eligible for TSA PreCheck enrollment.
Trusted Traveler Programs headed by Customs include:
- Global Entry.
- Secure Electronic Network for Travelers Rapid Inspection (SENTRI).
- Free and Secure Trade for Commercial Vehicles (FAST).
Customs and Border Protection program participants can use the nine-digit PASS ID received with their memberships to apply for TSA PreCheck. Otherwise, a Known Traveler Number is issued from TSA to frequent travelers completing the PreCheck application and approval process, which can be used when buying plane tickets to indicate you are part of the TSA PreCheck program.
TSA PreCheck approval applies to passengers who are flying on both U.S. domestic flights as well as traveling on flights from the U.S. to foreign countries. Travelers using TSA PreCheck are also allowed rushed, priority access when connecting to domestic flights after entering the U.S. from an international departure point.
Apply for TSA PreCheck
TSA PreCheck applications can be completed in one of two ways: online or in person. Regardless of submission, TSA PreCheck screening requires traveling applicants to visit a TSA PreCheck application center to finish the process. Schedule an in-person appointment with the TSA PreCheck enrollment center prior to visiting, in order to receive priority for your interview, as opposed to walk-ins.
Once the appointment date has arrived, travelers should bring the required proof of identity and citizenship documents. Proof of identity and citizenship documents include (but are not limited to):
- A U.S. passport.
- A valid driver's license.
- A birth certificate.
Additionally, you must bring a credit card, a money order, a company check or a cashier's check to pay the application fee. After completing the airport PreCheck application and paying the fee for your TSA membership, you can check your TSA PreCheck status online at any time.