TSA PreCheck® FAQ

 Applying for TSA PreCheck®

Yes, TSA is committed to promoting the freedom, dignity, and equality of all people, including LGBTQIA+.  Individuals who apply for TSA PreCheck®, including persons utilizing a non-binary and gender non-conforming identity document, may self-select Male, Female, or Another Gender as their gender when applying for TSA PreCheck®.

Yes. If you commit certain violations of federal security regulations, such as assault, threat, intimidation, or interference with flight crew, physical or sexual assault or threat of physical or sexual assault of any individual on an aircraft, interference with security operations, access control violations, providing false or fraudulent documents, making a bomb threat, or bringing a firearm, explosive, or other prohibited item to an airport or onboard an aircraft, you are denied expedited screening for a period of time. The duration of disqualification from participation in TSA PreCheck® is related to the seriousness of the violation and/or a repeated history of regulatory violations. Membership suspension can last up to five years for a first time offense or be permanent for egregious incidents or repeat offenses.

TSA PreCheck® enrollees undergo recurrent criminal history vetting as a condition of their TSA PreCheck® enrollment. Temporary suspensions may occur as a result of recurrent vetting. Resolution typically takes less than 30 days, but can take up to 90 days. TSA PreCheck® enrollees found to have committed a disqualifying offense may have their TSA PreCheck® enrollment temporarily suspended or permanently disqualified, depending on the severity of the offense.

If you are unclear why you are not receiving the TSA PreCheck® indicator on your boarding pass, first check that your membership has not expired by looking up your KTN (Known Traveler Number) here.

If your KTN is still active, confirm with your airline that your KTN, name, and date of birth are accurate. 

If you still do not have a TSA PreCheck® indicator on your boarding pass, or if you have questions concerning your TSA PreCheck® status, call the TSA Contact Center at (866) 289-9673, submit an online form, or contact us at @AskTSA on Twitter and Facebook Messenger.  If you received a notice of violation, please contact your case agent.

Please note: TSA uses unpredictable security measures, both seen and unseen, throughout the airport. All travelers will be screened, and no individual is guaranteed expedited screening.

It depends on their age and whether they are traveling with a parent or guardian who has enrolled in TSA PreCheck:

  • Children 12 and under may accompany an enrolled parent or guardian in the TSA PreCheck lanes without restriction.
  • Children 13-17 may join enrolled adults when traveling on the same reservation and if the TSA PreCheck indicator appears on the child’s boarding pass.
  • Any child traveling alone routinely may want to enroll in the program.

Please note, adults using gate passes to accompany children traveling alone will be directed to standard screening as gate passes are excluded from TSA PreCheck benefits. This applies even if the gate pass holder has enrolled in TSA PreCheck. The adult will not be permitted to join the child in the TSA PreCheck lane.

Yes, TSA requires all names used, current and past. You do not need to provide documents that prove you have previously used another name or alias.  The name provided on the TSA PreCheck® application must be the name used when making your airline travel reservations. The name on your application must be an exact match to the name on the identification and proof of citizenship/immigration documents you provide at enrollment. 

No, the gender on your identification documents does not need to match the gender you select on your TSA PreCheck Application.

No. You will receive TSA PreCheck® screening even if your current gender differs from the gender you provided when you enrolled in TSA PreCheck®, as long as the name, KTN and date of birth on your reservation match the name, KTN and date of birth on record with TSA. 

Yes. The name submitted on your airline reservation must be an exact match to the name you provided on your application. If you use a frequent flyer account or online travel profile, ensure that your name is properly saved.

While TSA does not offer any assistance with application fee costs, several credit cards do. Click here to see what programs participate.

No, you can select any gender option on the TSA PreCheck® application, even if the gender you self-select does not match the gender on your supporting documentation (such as birth certificate, passport, or state ID). You can self-select Male, Female, or Another Gender as your gender.

Find all active TSA PreCheck® enrollment provider locations by entering a zip code in the search box.

Find an enrollment center for Global Entry, NEXUS, or SENTRI by first selecting the state where you wish to visit an enrollment center.

Visit tsa.gov/precheck to select the enrollment provider that best meets your needs and has an enrollment location near you.  You can pre-enroll online and make an appointment for the in-person process, or walk-in to an enrollment center without an appointment.

The online application takes five minutes to complete with the in-person visit taking 10 minutes.  During the  in-person process, the enrollment provider will collect your biometric data (fingerprints, photo), verify identity documents, and collect payment.

Any website that claims to allow consumers to register for TSA PreCheck that does not end in “.gov” is not an official TSA PreCheck website.  Consumers who are applying for TSA PreCheck for the first time cannot pay the application fee online, they must complete their application and pay in-person at a TSA enrollment center. First time applicants are not asked to provide payment information online. 

Before you apply, we recommend that you review the various DHS trusted traveler programs: TSA PreCheck® Application Program, Global Entry, NEXUS, or SENTRI, to ensure you meet the eligibility requirements and determine the best program for you.  If you travel internationally four or more times a year, consider enrolling in Global Entry.  If you take less than four international trips a year, TSA PreCheck is a great choice for domestic travelers.

If you are a member of the TSA PreCheck® Application Program, you may request a gender data update through the enrollment provider you initially applied with. Click here to find contact details for all enrollment providers or to look up your enrollment provider. Please note, updating your gender is not required to receive TSA PreCheck® screening.  You are eligible to receive TSA PreCheck® screening even if your current gender differs from the gender you provided when you enrolled in TSA PreCheck®, as long as the name and date of birth on your reservation match the name and date of birth on record with TSA.

Most applicants receive their Known Traveler Number (KTN) in 3-5 days, though some applications can take up to 60 days. Applicants can receive updates on their enrollment application status by email, phone, text or by checking online through the enrollment provider they applied with. If you've forgotten who you enrolled through, click here.

TSA has strict requirements and protects all applicants’ data. No applicant information can be used for any purpose other than TSA PreCheck enrollment and vetting without the prior consent of the applicant.  Please note, you can opt-in or opt-out to receive marketing promotions / communications at any time through your enrollment provider.  TSA also protects your data by ensuring it is encrypted, stored and transmitted securely using methods that protect the information from unauthorized retrieval or use.

The name on your application must be an exact match to the name on the identification and proof of citizenship/immigration documents you provide at enrollment. The name provided must be the name used when making your airline travel reservations.

The fee maintains your eligibility for a period of 5 years, and covers the operational costs associated with the TSA PreCheck® Application Program. For in-depth information on the TSA component of the fee, please see the TSA PreCheck® Application Program TSA Component Fee Development Report.

Participating airlines display a TSA PreCheck® indicator directly on your boarding pass if you are eligible for TSA PreCheck based on your provided Known Traveler Number (KTN). Please ensure you add your KTN to your airline reservation while booking the reservation. If you do not have a valid boarding pass with a TSA PreCheck indicator on it, you cannot access the TSA PreCheck lane. If you believe you should have the TSA PreCheck indicator on your boarding pass but did not receive it, please call the TSA Contact Center at (866) 289-9673, submit an online form, or contact us at @AskTSA on Twitter and Facebook Messenger.

If you or someone you know believes they have fallen victim to a scam, report it to your local police department and file a report at the Federal Trade Commission’s website, ReportFraud.ftc.gov. Additionally, contact your bank or credit card company immediately and inform them of the fraudulent charge.  Please note, TSA will not issue a reimbursement to applicants who attempt to enroll in TSA PreCheck® through a fraudulent website.

No. Medical certification is not required to change the gender options on your TSA PreCheck® application.  If you are a member of the TSA PreCheck® Application Program, you may request a gender data update through the enrollment provider you initially applied with. Click here to find contact details for all enrollment providers or to look up your enrollment provider. Please note, updating your gender is not required to receive TSA PreCheck® screening.  You are eligible to receive TSA PreCheck® screening even if your current gender differs from the gender you provided when you enrolled in TSA PreCheck®, as long as the name and date of birth on your reservation match the name and date of birth on record with TSA.

If you are a member of the TSA PreCheck® Application Program, please contact the enrollment provider you applied with. Click here for the enrollment provider contact information to make changes to your name, address, or other information contained in your records. You will be provided information regarding documentation needed to process the change.

If you change your name and do not update your TSA PreCheck membership to match the new details, you will not be able to use your TSA PreCheck benefits when traveling until the name change process is completed.

When enrolling, be sure to check with your specific enrollment provider for all accepted payment methods.   Several credit cards  offer assistance with enrollment costs.

Click here to learn more about what documents you are required to bring when applying for TSA PreCheck®.

You can select the gender on your TSA PreCheck® application that is most appropriate for you – Male, Female, or Another Gender.  TSA will not require supporting documentation regarding your selection of gender. Medical certification or a physician’s letter is not required when enrolling with a gender that does not match the gender on your identification documents.

The gender on your identification document does not have to match the gender you select on your TSA PreCheck® application.  You can select Male, Female, or Another Gender as your gender when applying for TSA PreCheck®.

The TSA PreCheck® Application Program is only open to U.S. citizens, U.S. nationals and lawful permanent residents. Applicants may be ineligible due to incomplete or false application information, certain violations of federal security regulations, or disqualifying criminal offenses and factors.

Global Entry, NEXUS, and SENTRI allow some foreign citizens to apply. You can find more information on all programs here.

All travelers, including TSA PreCheck® enrollees, must have a REAL ID or other acceptable form of identification (e.g., passport) in order to fly once TSA is enforcing the REAL ID requirement at airports.

To obtain a REAL ID, contact your state’s driver’s licensing agency.

Learn more about REAL ID by reviewing REAL ID FAQs.

No, there is no TSA PreCheck card.  Travelers should enter their Known Traveler Number in their airline reservation to receive a TSA PreCheck® indicator on their boarding pass.

 Experiencing TSA PreCheck® at the Airport

No. To receive TSA PreCheck®, you must include your Known Traveler Number (your CBP PASSID for Global Entry, NEXUS, or SENTRI members) in the appropriate field of your airline reservation, and the TSA PreCheck® indicator must be  displayed on the boarding pass to access the lanes.

Yes. TSA PreCheck® is available when you depart from a U.S. airport to a foreign country, and for domestic, connecting flights after you return to the United States. If you travel internationally four or more times a year, consider enrolling in Global Entry instead of TSA PreCheck®. With Global Entry you’ll receive expedited customs processing when entering the United States, and you’ll receive TSA PreCheck® when flying from U.S. airports. Learn more about Global Entry.

No. Parents accompanying children through airport security via gate passes will always be directed to standard screening as TSA PreCheck benefits do not apply to gate passes. This applies even if the parent has enrolled in TSA PreCheck.

Participating airlines  display a TSA PreCheck® indicator (such as TSAPRECHK, TSA PRE, or TSA PreCheck®) on boarding passes to help you recognize when you are eligible for TSA PreCheck® on your flight. You must have the TSA PreCheck® indicator on your boarding pass before you can access the TSA PreCheck® screening lane.

TSA PreCheck® memberships last five years.

If you consistently do not receive TSA PreCheck®, please call the TSA Contact Center at (866) 289-9673, submit an online form, or contact us at @AskTSA on Twitter and Facebook Messenger.  

Please be aware that if you have violated certain federal security regulations, including TSA security regulations, your access to TSA PreCheck® screening will be suspended.  The duration of suspension from participation in TSA PreCheck® is related to the seriousness of the violation and/or a repeated history of regulatory violations. Membership suspension can last up to five years for a first time offense or be permanent for egregious incidents or repeat offenses.

Children 12 and under may accompany an enrolled parent or guardian in the TSA PreCheck lanes without restriction. Children 13-17 may join enrolled adults in the dedicated lanes when traveling on the same reservation and if the TSA PreCheck indicator appears on the child’s boarding pass.

Children 17 and under who will be traveling alone or without a TSA PreCheck-eligible adult must apply for TSA PreCheck to have access to expedited screening. Please note, adults using gate passes to accompany children traveling alone will be directed to standard screening as gate passes are excluded from TSA PreCheck benefits. This applies even if the gate pass holder has enrolled in TSA PreCheck. The adult will not be permitted to join the child in the TSA PreCheck lane.

First, check that your membership has not expired by looking up your account here.  

If still active, confirm with your airline that your Known Traveler Number, name, and date of birth are accurate and that your airline participates in TSA PreCheck®.  If you still do not have a TSA PreCheck indicator on your boarding pass, please call the TSA Contact Center at (866) 289-9673, submit an online form, or contact us at @AskTSA on Twitter and Facebook Messenger.  

If possible, please contact  TSA within 72 hours of experiencing problems with your TSA PreCheck benefits to allow TSA the ability to trouble shoot the issue.

No, TSA uses unpredictable security measures, both seen and unseen, throughout the airport. All travelers will be screened, and no individual is guaranteed expedited screening.

You may request  Advanced Imaging Technology (AIT) screening if you are not able to undergo or opt-out of metal detector screening. Learn about the special procedures for persons with disabilities or medical conditions.

TSA PreCheck® screening may still be an option through the standard screening lane when dedicated TSA PreCheck® screening lanes are not available. If a TSA PreCheck® lane is not available, please show your TSA PreCheck® boarding pass and you may be able to keep 3-1-1 liquids and laptops in your bag, and shoes and light jackets on while accessing the standard screening lane. Eligible passengers should check with the TSA officer on duty.

Check the TSA PreCheck® airports and airlines map for a current list of participating airlines.

 Global Entry, NEXUS, and SENTRI

If you have questions or concerns about your Global Entry, NEXUS, or SENTRI membership, you may visit the Trusted Traveler Program website or contact Customs and Border Protection at  (877) 227-5511 or by email.

TSA PreCheck® and Global Entry are both Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Trusted Traveler Programs. TSA PreCheck® provides expedited security screening benefits for flights departing from U.S. Airports. Global Entry provides expedited U.S. customs screening for international air travelers when entering the United States. Global Entry members also receive TSA PreCheck® benefits as part of their membership.

Before you apply, we recommend that you review the various DHS trusted traveler programs, such as the TSA PreCheck® Application Program, Global Entry, NEXUS, or SENTRI, to ensure you meet the eligibility requirements and determine the best program for you.  If you travel internationally four or more times a year, consider enrolling in Global Entry.  If you take less than four international trips a year, TSA PreCheck is a great choice for domestic travelers. For more information on all of the DHS Trusted Traveler Programs use the DHS interactive Trusted Traveler Tool.

 Known Traveler Number (KTN)

Contact your airline by phone or online to add your  Known Traveler Number (KTN). Remember to enter your full name, date of birth and KTN exactly as you provided during enrollment because if there is a mismatch in the data entry in the travel reservation, you will not receive the TSA PreCheck® indicator on your boarding pass.  

Once you have been assigned a Known Traveler Number (KTN), you must include this number in the ‘KTN' field of each reservation you make with a participating airline. The KTN also can be added when booking reservations online via a participating airline website, by phone with an airline reservation agent or with the travel management company making reservations. Save your KTN to any frequent flyer profiles, employer booking systems or online travel websites that you use.

If you are a member of the TSA PreCheck® Application Program, look up your Known Traveler Number (KTN) here.

 If you are a member of another trusted traveler program, such as Global Entry, NEXUS, or SENTRI, log on to the Trusted Traveler Program website to obtain your PASSID, which is your KTN.

If your TSA PreCheck® benefits come through HME, TWIC®, or DoD, please visit these respective links for additional information: HMETWIC®DoD.

If your TSA PreCheck® benefit comes through TSA PreCheck® for DHS employees, please visit TSA PreCheck® for DHS Employees | TSA PreCheck® for additional information.

A Known Traveler Number (KTN) is issued to all individuals approved to receive TSA PreCheck® expedited screening.  The KTN must be added in the KTN field when booking airline travel reservations to have the TSA PreCheck® indicator appear on your boarding pass.    

For members approved for the TSA PreCheck® Application Program, this number is 9 digits long, can be a combination of numbers and letters and typically begins with TT for those who enrolled through IDEMIA or TE for those who enrolled through Telos both which are official TSA PreCheck® enrollment providers. 

For members approved for Global Entry, NEXUS, or SENTRI, the KTN is the CBP PASS ID number. This nine-digit number usually begins with 10, 13, 14, 15, 16, 50, 70, 80, 95, 98, or 99 and can be found on the back of your NEXUS, SENTRI, or Global Entry card in the upper-left corner or by logging on to the Trusted Traveler Programs website. Your trusted traveler card will not grant you access to TSA PreCheck® lanes, instead you must add your PASS ID number in the KTN field when making airline reservations to ensure the TSA PreCheck® indicator appears on your boarding pass.

 Renewing TSA PreCheck®

Members may renew their TSA PreCheck® membership online up to six months before their expiration date. The new membership period begins as the current one ends, so there is no disadvantage to renewing early. Alternatively, members can renew in person at an enrollment center.

If members have changed their name since enrollment, they may either visit an enrollment center to complete the renewal process in-person or update their name by contacting the enrollment provider they have selected to process their renewal (up to six months before the expiration date).  Please click here to view enrollment providers' contact information.

Name changes may take up to 45 days to complete and processing time varies by individual.

Most applicants receive approval notification in 3-5 days, though some applications can take up to 60 days. Considering this, applicants are encouraged to renew at least 60 days prior to expiry.  TSA will notify members with eligibility results.

The cost for TSA PreCheck® membership renewal varies by enrollment provider.  Please find current offerings here. The fee maintains your eligibility for a period of 5 years, and covers the operational costs associated with the background check.

TSA's enrollment providers will send a renewal notification to members who have a valid email and/or phone number on record.  Members will receive notification six months, three months, one month, and two weeks prior to their expiration. Emails will come from IDEMIA /Universal Enroll.

You may also look up your expiration date online.

If you or someone you know believes they have fallen victim to a scam, report it to your local police department and file a report at the Federal Trade Commission's website, ReportFraud.ftc.gov. Additionally, contact your bank or credit card company immediately and inform them of the fraudulent charge. Please note, TSA will not issue a reimbursement to applicants who attempt to renew TSA PreCheck® through a fraudulent website.

First, check that your membership has not expired by looking up your KTN (Known Traveler Number) here. You can also confirm your airline participates in the TSA PreCheck® program, by clicking here.

If your KTN is still active, confirm with your airline that your KTN, name, and date of birth are accurate.

If you still do not have a TSA PreCheck® indicator, or if you have questions concerning your TSA PreCheck® status, call the TSA Contact Center at (866) 289-9673, submit an online form, or contact us at @AskTSA on Twitter and Facebook Messenger.  If you received a notice of violation, please contact your case agent.

No, you will not receive TSA PreCheck® on your boarding pass if your Known Traveler Number has expired. You must renew before expiration to continue receiving TSA PreCheck on your boarding pass. Renew online here.

You are eligible for the return of time lost if suspension occurred as a result of false match to another individual, resulting in revocation of TSA PreCheck benefits.

You are not eligible for the return of time lost due to suspension resulting from a TSA checkpoint or FAA violation, unless the suspension went beyond the intended disqualification period.

You are not eligible for the return of time lost due to recurrent vetting for Criminal History Records Checks.

Reconsideration is the process applicable to persons who have been disqualified from TSA PreCheck® on account of a regulatory violation who seek TSA to reconsider the length of the period of disqualification. Redress is the process applicable to persons who have been incorrectly disqualified from TSA PreCheck® (meaning individuals incorrectly identified as having committed a regulatory violation or individuals correctly identified as having committed a regulatory violation but erroneously disqualified for longer than the intended disqualification period).

If you commit certain violations of federal security regulations, such as assault, threat, intimidation, or interference with flight crew, physical or sexual assault or threat of physical or sexual assault of any individual on an aircraft, interference with security operations, access control violations, providing false or fraudulent documents, making a bomb threat, or bringing a firearm, explosive, or other prohibited item to an airport or onboard an aircraft, you are denied expedited screening for a period of time. The duration of disqualification from participation in TSA PreCheck® is related to the seriousness of the violation and/or a repeated history of regulatory violations. Membership suspension can last up to five years for a first time offense or be permanent for egregious incidents or repeat offenses.

TSA PreCheck® enrollees undergo recurrent criminal history vetting as a condition of their TSA PreCheck® enrollment. If TSA is notified of new criminal records while you are a member of TSA PreCheck®, your eligibility for TSA PreCheck® expedited screening may be temporarily suspended while TSA investigates the new criminal information.  This process typically takes less than 30 days, but can take up to 90 days. TSA PreCheck® enrollees found to have committed a disqualifying offense may have their TSA PreCheck® enrollment temporarily suspended or permanently disqualified, depending on the severity of the offense.

If you are unclear why you are not receiving the TSA PreCheck® indicator on your boarding pass, first check that your membership has not expired by looking up your KTN (Known Traveler Number) here.  You can also confirm your airline participates in the TSA PreCheck® program, by clicking here.

If your KTN is still active, confirm with your airline that your KTN, name, and date of birth are accurate.

If you still do not have a TSA PreCheck® indicator on your boarding pass, or if you have questions concerning your TSA PreCheck® status, call the TSA Contact Center at (866) 289-9673, submit an online form, or contact us at @AskTSA on Twitter and Facebook Messenger.  If you received a notice of violation, please contact your case agent.

Please note: TSA uses unpredictable security measures, both seen and unseen, throughout the airport. All travelers will be screened, and no individual is guaranteed expedited screening.

You may renew your membership online up to six months before the expiration date with the new membership beginning as the current one ends. TSA recommends you renew at least 60 days prior to your expiration to avoid a lapse in benefits.

Some individuals may need to renew in person, for example, if they have changed their name and have not gone through TSA’s name update process. These members may either visit an enrollment center to complete the renewal process in-person or update their name with the enrollment provider with which they would like to renew.  Please click here to view enrollment providers' contact information.

Name changes may take up to 45 days to complete and processing time varies by individual.

Yes. Members will keep the same KTN during the renewal process.

 TSA PreCheck® Enrollment Providers

No, TSA does not offer price matching, please check out the current providers' details at tsa.gov/precheck to find a provider's offering that suits your needs.  Several credit cards offer assistance with application fee costs.

No. The requirements to enroll in the TSA PreCheck program are the same among all the enrollment providers in which the applicant chooses. Details on each enrollment provider's offering such as locations, pricing and promotions can be found at tsa.gov/precheck  and travelers can select the enrollment provider that best suits their needs.

To determine which TSA PreCheck enrollment provider you have enrolled with,  click here.

You are not charged the application fee until you have completed your application in person and can switch enrollment providers until you have completed the enrollment process at an onsite provider location.  Please note you will need to re-enroll with the new provider. If your application is incomplete, your data will be purged after 180 days from the enrollment provider's system.  However, once the in-person process is complete for both new applications and renewals and payment is taken, there are no refunds. 

No, your Known Traveler Number (KTN) remains the same regardless of enrollment provider selected.

No, the majority of applicants will be able to renew completely online with any  enrollment provider.  

Regardless of which enrollment provider you choose to enroll with, some individuals may need to renew in person, for example, if they have changed their name and have not completed TSA’s name update process. These members may either visit an enrollment center to complete the renewal process or update their name with the enrollment provider with which they would like to renew.  Please click here to view enrollment providers' contact information.

Name changes may take up to 45 days to complete and processing time varies by individual.

All enrollment providers facilitate TSA PreCheck enrollments and renewals on TSA's behalf. Providers vary in their enrollment locations, prices, and other promotional offers they may provide applicants. Details on each enrollment provider's offering can be found at tsa.gov/precheck  and travelers can select the enrollment provider that best suits their needs.

A TSA PreCheck enrollment provider is a private sector company that is contracted by TSA to collect TSA PreCheck enrollment information from applicants and submit this data to TSA and the FBI. Applicant enrollments are conducted by these enrollment providers, and providers must meet TSA contract requirements, including strict requirements related to data privacy and security.  Enrollment data is submitted to TSA securely, and TSA uses the enrollment information to perform a background check on the applicant. TSA makes the final decision on TSA PreCheck eligibility. 

The current enrollment providers are IDEMIA and Telos.  Travelers can enroll through the provider that best suits their needs. All available enrollment provider offerings are detailed on tsa.gov/precheck.

Yes, you can renew through any enrollment provider you choose. To see available renewal offers visit tsa.gov/precheck.

Currently, TSA PreCheck® enrollment is conducted by IDEMIA and Telos.

In the future, CLEAR will offer TSA PreCheck® enrollment services. When new enrollment providers are operational, travelers can enroll through the provider that best suits their needs. All active enrollment provider offerings will be detailed on tsa.gov/precheck.

Yes. Each enrollment provider is allowed to set its own prices for TSA PreCheck enrollment and renewal fees. The fee provided to TSA to conduct vetting, adjudication, and program support will be consistent across all enrollment providers. To see current available pricing visit tsa.gov/precheck.

 TSA PreCheck® for Active Duty Military and DoD Civilians

No, TSA PreCheck® benefits do not extend to non-DoD affiliated military adult dependents age 18 and over.  Be sure to enroll here for TSA PreCheck® benefits. Note: Also check Credit Cards and Loyalty Programs featuring TSA PreCheck® here for eligible credit cards and loyalty rewards programs featuring fee reimbursement.

Firearms, ammunition, and firearm parts are prohibited in carry-on baggage and may be transported in checked baggage only. If you have just returned from overseas duty or any assignment where you carried a firearm or ammunition, check your carry-on bag and other belongings to ensure firearms, parts, and ammunition are not present. Contact AskTSA or TSA Contact Center with questions you have regarding TSA firearm regulations and for clarification on what you may or may not transport in your carry-on or checked baggage. 

Injured, wounded service members, veterans and wounded warriors may contact TSA Cares to request assistance with the security screening process. TSA Cares is a helpline to assist travelers with disabilities and medical conditions. Call TSA Cares 72 hours prior to traveling with questions about screening policies, procedures and what to expect at the security checkpoint at (855) 787-2227

 Wounded Warriors 

TSA verifies the status of individuals identifying themselves as a wounded warrior through the appropriate military branch. Following verification, the travel information is provided to the departing/arriving U.S. airports where wounded warriors may experience expedited screening procedures. 

 Veterans 

Injured service members/veterans requesting assistance will have their travel information and type of assistance required provided to the departing/arriving U.S. airports to ensure they receive proper assistance at the security checkpoint. Veterans who are not enrolled in TSA PreCheck™ will be screened in standard screening lanes. 

Learn about the security screening procedures for travelers with disabilities and medical conditions.

Yes. Members of the U.S. Armed Forces and DoD Federal civilians can use TSA PreCheck® benefits for both official and personal travel. Be sure to update all travel reservations with your DoD ID number listed as the Known Traveler Number (KTN)  to enjoy benefits. The KTN also can be added when booking reservations online via a participating airline website, by phone with an airline reservation agent or with the travel management company making reservations. Save your KTN to any frequent flyer profiles, employer booking systems or online travel websites that you use.

 Yes. Cadets and midshipmen of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, U.S. Air Force Academy, U.S. Naval Academy, and U.S. Coast Guard Academy receive free TSA PreCheck® benefits. Add your DoD ID number in the "Known Traveler Number" (KTN) field when booking flight reservations.

No. All members of the U.S. Armed Forces must include their DoD ID number in the Known Traveler Number field when making flight reservations and a TSA PreCheck® indicator must be visible on your boarding pass. The airlines will print a TSA PreCheck® indicator (such as TSAPRECHK, TSA PRE, or TSA PreCheck®) on boarding passes to help you recognize when you are eligible for TSA PreCheck® on your flight.

You cannot access the TSA PreCheck® lane by presenting your CAC or other documentation.

Yes, U.S. citizens and/or lawful permanent resident cadets and students of the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy and six State Maritime Academies are eligible to receive free TSA PreCheck benefits through the Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) program.  Students enrolled at these academies are eligible to enroll for TWIC, and most U.S. Merchant Mariners are required to maintain a valid TWIC to obtain their Merchant Mariner Credential. When making an airline reservation, enter the Credential Identification Number (CIN) which is the eight-digit number printed under the bottom left of the barcode on the back of the TWIC® card in the Known Traveler Number (KTN) field. For cardholders with the newest version of the TWIC card, the CIN is also embossed on the front of the card.

No, TSA PreCheck® benefits do not continue after leaving DoD.  Be sure to enroll upon retirement or leaving DoD to continue enjoying TSA PreCheck® benefits.

DoD federal civilian employees must opt-in to TSA PreCheck® by visiting the milConnect website. After selecting the “My Profile” and the “CIV” menu tab when logged into the website, users will be guided through the opt-in process for TSA PreCheck®. Civilian employees need to opt-in only once. Members of the U.S. Armed Forces do not need to opt-in.

Enter the DoD ID number from the back of your common access card (CAC) into the “Known Traveler Number” field of your flight reservations or when updating your Defense Travel System profile for official travel.

DoD federal civilian employees must opt-in via milConnect before using their Known Traveler Number.  

  • The unit must declare weapons and ammunition to the aircraft operator. 
  • Weapons must be unloaded. 
  • Weapons must be collectively secured in a crate and banded or individually locked in a hard-sided case. 
  • Ammunition must also be securely packed in fiber (such as cardboard), wood or metal boxes, or other packaging specifically designed to carry small amounts of ammunition. 
  • Firearm magazines/clips for packing ammunition must be completely and securely enclosing any ammunition (e.g., by securely covering the exposed portions of the magazine or by securely placing the magazine in a pouch, holder or holster). 
  • You may carry ammunition in the same hard-sided case as the firearm, if you pack it as described above. 
  • A unit representative must submit the unit's official travel orders and an inventory of weapons and ammunition being transported. 
  • The unit representative must certify to TSA in writing that the weapons are unloaded. 
  • Contact AskTSA or TSA Contact Center with questions you have regarding TSA firearm regulations and for clarification on what you may or may not transport in your carry-on or checked baggage. 

 TSA PreCheck® for Persons with Disabilities and Medical Conditions

No. Only travelers who have a valid boarding pass with the TSA PreCheck® indicator printed on the boarding pass will have access to the TSA PreCheck® lanes.

No. The application fee covers the cost of the background check and cannot be waived.

TSA Cares is a helpline that provides travelers with disabilities, medical conditions and other special circumstances additional assistance during the security screening process.

Contact us 72 hours prior to traveling with questions about screening policies, procedures and what to expect at the security checkpoint. You may call (855) 787-2227 or submit an online form.