TSA Pre✓®

Be Part of a Smarter Travel Experience!

An expedited security screening program connecting travelers departing from the United States with smarter security and a better air travel experience.

No hassle for 5 years!

No need to remove shoes, belts, light jackets, laptops or 3-1-1 compliant liquids. TSA Pre✓® keeps you moving with confidence and peace of mind.

How many times have you stood in line at the airport watching others breeze through security with no hassle? By enrolling in TSA Pre✓® , you you too can breeze through security. Keep your shoes, jacket and belt on; your laptop in its case; 3-1-1 compliant liquids in your bag; and enjoy a better overall travel experience. TSA Pre✓® allows low-risk travelers to experience faster, more efficient screening at participating U.S. airport checkpoints for domestic and international travel.

How does TSA Pre✓® work?

Previously, TSA Pre✓® was only available to members of certain frequent flyer programs through participating airlines and to CBP Global Entry members. Now, the TSA has expanded TSA Pre✓® for anyone wishing to apply at one of the growing number of airport locations or authorized IdentoGO® Centers.

If you’re eligible and approved for the TSA Pre✓® program, you will be given a Known Traveler Number “KTN” to use when making flight reservations. KTNs can also be saved in an airline or travel agency profile. Participating airlines will print a TSA Pre✓®  indicator on your boarding pass. When you arrive at the airport, look for signs for the TSA Pre✓® lanes and present your boarding pass and Government-issued ID to the Travel Document Checker.  Children ages 12 and under may join you in the TSA Pre✓® lane.

TSA Pre✓® applicants must be U.S. citizens and Lawful Permanent Residents (LPRs). Web pre-registration is optional and allows applicants to schedule an appointment. All applicants must visit an application center to provide biographic information (e.g. name, date of birth, address, etc.), fingerprints, payment and validation of required identity and citizenship/immigration documentation.

TSA Pre✓® FAQs

What is TSA Pre✓®?

TSA Pre✓® is one of several intelligence-driven, risk-based initiatives helping TSA move away from a one-size-fits-all model helping to provide the most effective security in the most efficient way. The use of risk-based initiatives will allow TSA to maintain its high security standards and improve the passenger experience while ensuring as many travelers as possible experience the benefit of expedited screening through the TSA Pre✓® lanes.

Who is eligible for TSA Pre✓®?

Travelers that are eligible for TSA Pre✓® include:  

  • U.S. citizens of frequent flyer programs who meet TSA-mandated criteria and who have been invited by a participating airline

  • U.S. citizen, U.S. national or Lawful Permanent Residents who are members of the TSA Pre✓® Application Program

  • U.S. citizens who are members of a U.S. Customs and Border Protection Trusted Traveler program, such as Global Entry, SENTRI, and NEXUS and Canadian citizens who are members of NEXUS

  • Members of the U.S. Armed Forces

TSA will determine an individual’s eligibility for TSA Pre✓® on a flight by flight basis. Travelers may voluntarily participate through an airline invitation, member of the U.S. Armed Forces or a DHS Trusted Traveler program, such as Global Entry, NEXUS, SENTRI and the TSA Pre✓®application program. Individuals may also be identified as eligible for TSA Pre✓® through a risk-based analysis of passenger data.

How do I apply?
  1. Find an IdentoGO Center near you, including a growing number of airport locations, offering TSA Pre✓® and pre-enroll online.
  2. Schedule an appointment to come in for fingerprinting.
  3. Pay the $85 applications fee and show your proof-of-identity documents from the approved list of valid government IDs.
  4. A Known Traveler Number (KTN) will be mailed to you or can be obtained online.Once enrolled, your KTN is used when booking travel and your TSA Pre✓® approval is printed on your boarding passes.  Be sure to update your airline member profile to have the number automatically sent to the TSA when making reservations.
Can I use TSA Pre✓® on international travel?

Yes. TSA Pre✓® is available for passengers traveling domestically within the United States and for international travel when departing from a U.S. airport that participates in TSA Pre✓®. Passengers may also be eligible for TSA Pre✓® when connecting to a domestic flight after arriving to the United States on international travel.

How will I know that I have been cleared for TSA Pre✓®?

A. Travelers who have been cleared for TSA Pre✓® will have information embedded in the barcode of their boarding pass.  Once the boarding pass is scanned at the checkpoint, the passenger may be referred to a TSA Pre✓® lane. Many participating airlines are printing a TSA Pre✓®indicator directly on the boarding pass.

TSA Pre✓® is not available at my airport, why was it printed on my boarding pass?

Travelers are vetted for TSA Pre✓® every time they fly. TSA and airlines cannot limit printing of the TSA Pre✓® indicator to only TSA Pre✓®participating airports. See full list of participating TSA Pre✓® airports.