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Participation in TSA Pre✓™

Who can participate in TSA Precheck

DHS Trusted Travelers

TSA Pre✓™ application program members and U.S. citizens who are currently enrolled in Global Entry, NEXUS, SENTRI or Canadian citizens who are members of NEXUS, as well as other individuals who already have a Known Traveler Number (KTN), are eligible to participate in TSA Pre✓™.

If you already have a Known Traveler Number, you do not need to apply for a DHS Trusted Traveler program.

Not sure what which DHS Trusted Traveler program is right for you?  View a comparison chart of the DHS Trusted Traveler programs.

TSA Pre✓™ Application Program

  1. Complete an online application.
  2. Schedule an appointment at a TSA Pre✓™ Application Center.
  3. Visit the TSA Pre✓™ application center, pay the $85 fee, provide valid government I.D. and fingerprints.
  4. A Known Traveler Number will be sent to you via U.S. Mail or can be obtained online.

Once successfully enrolled, provide your Known Traveler Number in the ’Known Traveler Number’ field when making airline reservations. Additionally, members can update their airline member profile to have the number automatically sent to TSA when booking reservations. The Known Traveler Number will be submitted along with Secure Flight passenger data to TSA. Remember to enter full name, date of birth and Known Traveler Number exactly as you provided during the TSA Pre✓™ application process.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Trusted Traveler Programs
Global Entry, NEXUS, SENTRI

  1. Register for a CBP Global Online Enrollment System (GOES) account.
  2. Complete the online application for one of the CBP eligible Trusted Traveler programs.
  3. Schedule an interview (via online application) at a CBP Enrollment Center.
  4. Visit the CBP Enrollment Center, to complete your enrollment.

Once successfully enrolled, provide your CBP PASS ID number, in the ’Known Traveler Number’ field when making airline reservations. Additionally, members can update their airline member profile to have the number automatically sent to TSA when booking reservations. The PASS ID/Known Traveler Number will be submitted along with Secure Flight passenger data to TSA.  Remember to enter full name, date of birth and PASS ID exactly as it appears on membership card or in GOES account.

Airline Frequent Flyers

Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Southwest Airlines, United Airlines, US Airways and Virgin America are contacting eligible frequent flyers with an invitation to voluntarily participate in TSA Pre✓™. Once the passenger opts-in, the airline identifies the individual as a TSA Pre✓™ participant when submitting passenger reservation information to TSA’s Secure Flight system.

Note: Passengers who participate via a frequent flyer program are only eligible on the airline in which they opted-in to participate. To participate on all TSA Pre✓™ participating airlines, travelers must have a Known Traveler Number.

If a participating airlines’ frequent flyer did not receive an invitation from the airline, interested passengers can still participate by joining a DHS Trusted Traveler program.

Members of the Military

U.S. Armed Forces service members, including reservist and National Guard members, are eligible for TSA Pre✓™ when they use their Department of Defense (DoD) identification number when making flight reservations. Read more details about the availability of TSA Pre✓™ for the members of the military.

Other Ways to Experience TSA Pre✓™

You may still be able to experience TSA Pre✓™ screening on a flight by flight basis*

  1. TSA Risk Assessments uses Secure Flight Data already supplied to TSA, which allows passengers to access the TSA Pre✓™ screening lane on a random basis. Check your boarding pass each time you fly for an indication of TSA Pre✓™ eligibility.
  2. The TSA Managed Inclusion program uses real-time threat assessments of passengers at select airports.

*Note: Participation in TSA Pre✓™ via these methods will not be as frequent or consistent as it is for those travelers who have joined a DHS Trusted Traveler Program.

TSA will always incorporate random and unpredictable security measures throughout the airport and no individual will be guaranteed expedited screening in order to retain a certain element of randomness. In addition, individuals who commit certain violations of TSA regulations, such as interference with security operations, access control violations, providing false or fraudulent documents, making a bomb threat, or bringing a firearm, explosive, or other prohibited items to an airport or on board an aircraft are likely to be denied expedited screening for a period of time. The duration of disqualification for expedited screening will depend upon the seriousness of the offense.

Latest revision: 08 January 2014