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Members of the Military

As part of an intelligence-driven, risk-based approach to security, TSA offers TSA Pre✓™ expedited screening to all members of the U.S. Armed Forces, including those serving in the U.S. Coast Guard, Reserves and National Guard. Members of the U.S. Armed Forces can experience expedited screening at 120 TSA Pre✓™ airports by using their official Department of Defense (DoD) identification number when making flight reservations.

Eligible members of the U.S. Armed Forces on personal or official travel do not need to travel in uniform to participate in TSA Pre✓™. Accompanying family members ages 12 and under can be processed through expedited screening as well.

All members of the U.S. Armed Forces that would like to participate in TSA Pre✓™ should include their DoD ID number when making airline reservations. TSA has transitioned away from the process of verifying eligibility at the checkpoint by presenting a Common Access Card (CAC).

Department of Defense and U.S. Coast Guard civilian employees

DoD and U.S. Coast Guard civilian employees are now eligible to participate once they “opt-in."

Civilian employees first must opt-in to TSA Pre✓™ by visiting the "milConnect" website. After selecting the "My Profile" and the "CIV" menu tab after logging into the website, users will be guided through the opt-in process for TSA Pre✓™. Civilian employees need to opt-in only once. Members of the U.S. Armed Forces are already eligible and do not need to opt-in.

DoD and U.S. Coast Guard civilian employees on personal or official travel can participate in TSA Pre✓™ once they opt-in via milConnect. Accompanying family members ages 12 and under can be processed through expedited screening as well.

How to be eligible for TSA Pre✓™

Locate your Known Traveler Number
The 10-digit DoD ID number located on the back of the Common Access Card (CAC) is used as your Known Traveler Number (KTN), which is used when making flight reservations. If the number is not on your CAC, you may obtain it by logging on to milConnect.  You will find your ID number under the “My Profile” tab.

Book travel with your Known Traveler Number
For TSA Pre✓™ eligibility, ensure that your DoD ID number is entered into the “Known Traveler Number (KTN)” field when booking flight reservations or when updating your Defense Travel System (DTS) profile for official travel.

Save your Known Traveler Number
To ensure future airline reservations automatically include your DoD ID number, save it in your DTS profile. You may also save your DoD ID number in any frequent flyer program profiles of the participating airlines.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. How do I participate in TSA Pre✓™?

A. Enter your DoD ID number into the “Known Traveler Number” field when booking flight reservations or when updating your Defense Travel System (DTS) profile for official travel.

Q. Is there something printed on my boarding pass indicating that I am pre-approved for TSA Pre✓™?

A. Yes, a TSA Pre✓™ indicator will appear on your boarding pass. However, if you entered your DoD ID number when booking travel, proceed to the dedicated TSA Pre✓™ lane to check eligibility.

Q. Can I still participate if I make my reservations through a Commercial Travel Office (CTO)?

A. Yes. When the CTO asks you to verify your Secure Flight Personal Information (full name, birthdate, gender), provide your DoD ID number as the Known Traveler Number. CTOs are not required to ask travelers for their Known Traveler Number, but will enter it in the reservation if the traveler volunteers the information.

Q. Do I have to have my DoD ID number in my Defense Travel System (DTS) profile to participate?

A. No. DTS will prompt you each time you make an airline reservation to verify your TSA Secure Flight information, you can enter your DoD ID in to the Known Traveler field at that time. Saving your DoD ID number as part of your profile will prevent you from having to enter it each time you make an airline reservation through DTS. It is important to note that updating your profile with your DoD ID number will only qualify you for expedited screening for new reservations and does not apply to existing reservations.

Q. Can I still participate if I have existing reservations?

A. If you update your DTS profile with your DoD ID Number, it will only apply to new reservations, not existing reservations. Updating existing reservation is not recommended as this could cause you to accrue additional fees.  However, if you have an existing reservation with a commercial TSA Pre✓™ participating airline that you booked outside of DTS, then you may contact the airline directly and ask them to update the reservation with your KTN (DoD ID Number). This TSA Blog post provides helpful information.

Q. Can I present my CAC to the TSA Document Checker to participate in TSA Pre✓™?

A. No. Previously, 10 airports had the ability to scan and verify a CAC to provide TSA Pre✓™ expedited screening. However, as of April 1, 2014, all members of the U.S. Armed Forces that would like to participate in TSA Pre✓™ must include their DoD ID number when making reservations.

Q. Can I use this program for personal travel?

A. Yes. To participate, include your DoD ID number in the Known Travel Number field when making reservations through an airline or travel website. Travelers may also save their DoD ID number in their frequent flyer program profile. This TSA Blog post provides helpful information.

Q. Can Defense Department and Coast Guard civilian employees participate? How do I use the milConnect website to “opt-in?”

A. Yes. However, DoD and Coast Guard civilian employees first must “opt-in” to TSA Pre✓™ by visiting the “milConnect” website. After selecting the “My Profile” and the “CIV” menu tab after logging into the website, users will be guided through the opt-in process for TSA Pre✓™. Civilian employees need to opt-in only once. Members of the U.S. Armed Forces are already eligible and do not need to opt-in.

Q. Are other individuals who have a CAC or DoD ID card eligible?

A. At this time, only members of the U.S. Armed Forces — including those serving in the U.S. Coast Guard, Reserves and National Guard — are able to enjoy the benefits of this expedited screening program. DoD and U.S. Coast Guard civilian employees are also eligible to participate once they “opt-in” via the milConnect website.

Q. Are members of the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps or National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Commissioned Officer Corps eligible to participate?

A. No. At this time, these employees are not eligible to participate. However, TSA continues to work with various federal government agencies to expand participation to additional vetted employees in the future.

Q. If my family is traveling with me, can they also go through the TSA Pre✓™ lane?

A. Family members ages 12 and under, traveling with an eligible parent or guardian that has a TSA Pre✓™ indicator on their boarding pass, can participate in expedited screening. However, family members 13 and older must go through standard security lanes or should apply for a DHS Trusted Traveler program for TSA Pre✓™ eligibility.

Q. Is my spouse eligible to participate?

A. Family members ages 12 and under, traveling with an eligible parent or guardian that has a TSA Pre✓™ indicator on their boarding pass, can participate in expedited screening. However, family members 13 and older must go through standard security lanes or should apply for a DHS Trusted Traveler program for TSA Pre✓™ eligibility.

Q. Do service members need to be in uniform to participate?

A. No. Members of the U.S. Armed Forces do not need to be in uniform or on official travel to participate in TSA Pre✓™.

Latest revision: 30 September 2014