As part of an intelligence-driven, risk-based approach to security, TSA offers TSA Pre✓™ expedited screening to all members of the U.S. military, including reservists and National Guard members. Service members can experience expedited screening at more than 115 TSA Pre✓™ airports by using their official Department of Defense (DoD) identification number when making flight reservations. Department of Defense and U.S. Coast Guard civilian employees are also eligible to participate once they “opt-in” via the milConnect website.
Eligible service members 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 service members 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 using the service member’s Common Access Card (CAC).
How to be eligible for TSA Pre✓™
Locate your Known Traveler Number
The ten 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.
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).
Q. After Dec. 20, 2013, can I still present my CAC to the TSA Document Checker to participate in TSA Pre✓™ as I do now?
A. Previously, ten airports had the ability to scan and verify a CAC to provide TSA Pre✓™ expedited screening. However, as of April 1, 2014, all service members that would like to participate in TSA Pre✓™ need to 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.
Q. Can Defense Department and Coast Guard civilian employees participate?
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” menu tab after logging into the website, users will be guided through the opt-in process. Civilian employees need to opt-in only once. Military members already are eligible and do not need to opt-in.
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 service member 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. Service members do not need to be in uniform or on official travel to participate in TSA Pre✓™.