As most of the countries are opening up international travel, many people are looking to take business trips. Applying for TSA PreCheck would help you streamline your process of airport security checks. In this blog, we share everything you need to know about TSA PreCheck – from how to get it, its benefits, to the tips on using the membership for the first time.
It is a travel program that expedites the process of security checks at the airport by identifying “low risk” travelers. It is managed by TSA and gives travelers the convenience to stand in separate security lines at participating airports in the US. It is available when someone is traveling from the US to a different country and for domestic flights within the US.
If you have a TSA PreCheck membership, you will not have to remove your belt and socks at the security check and just walk through the security scanner and go to your gate. Its membership costs $85 and is for five years.
1. Fill out the application form – First, you need to complete and submit the application form that can be found on the TSA website. It will not take you more than 5 minutes to fill this form. You will need to have the following information/documents while completing the form:
Note: Make sure your name is the same as it appears on the government ID.
2. Schedule an appointment for a background check and fingerprinting – After you complete your application, the next step is to set an appointment for a background check with fingerprinting. You can choose the date, time, and center for enrollment. Enrollment must be completed 120 days from the day you submit your application. At this appointment, you will pay your membership fee i.e. $85 which is non-refundable.
3. Wait for an update: You will receive an email regarding your application in 2-3 weeks after your in-person interview, though some applications may also take up to 60 days. If approved, you will receive a known traveler number (KTN) that you can use whenever you book a flight. You need to include your KTN in order to avail all the benefits of the program.
Here are some tips for using TSA PreCheck the right way:
Here are some common FAQs regarding TSA PreCheck:
As per the TSA regulations, an adult’s TSA PreCheck membership will apply to minors, i.e. children 12 or younger, that are booked on the same reservation. But the same membership cannot be used by spouses or other family members. However, in practice, it has been seen that many airlines pass on the TSA membership benefit to all family members.
Yes, you can update your personal information if you are a member of the TSA PreCheck Program. You may call at (855) 347-8371 on weekdays to make changes to your name, address, or other information contained in your records. You will be required to provide some information regarding the documentation needed to process the change.
No, the application fee of $85 is non-refundable, even if your application gets rejected. This fee covers the cost of background checks.
TSA PreCheck offers expedited security screening for its members with a charge of $85 for five years. On the other hand, the Global Entry program offers an expedited passport control service that reduces the time going through immigration and customs. It costs $100 and does include a TSA PreCheck membership.
TSA PreCheck is available at more than 200 airports and 73 airlines. You can check the availability of TSA PreCheck here. However, it should be noted here that not all the airports (usually new or smaller ones) offer a separate line for TSA PreCheck. In this case, you may have to go through the regular line but will be able to keep your shoes and belt on after showing your membership.
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