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TSA Pre✓® Participating Airlines

How it works

An applicant must be a U.S. citizen or Lawful Permanent Resident (LPR) and cannot have been convicted of certain crimes. If an applicant has a record of any of the crimes identified in the eligibility requirements, they may choose not to apply, as the application fee is nonrefundable.


Interested applicants must visit an application center to provide biographic information that includes name, date of birth and address. An applicant will be fingerprinted and will be required to provide valid required identity and citizenship/immigration documentation. An applicant also has the option to pre-enroll online to provide basic information and make an appointment before visiting an application center. There is a nonrefundable application processing fee of $85.


After completing enrollment, successful applicants will receive a Known Traveler Number (KTN) via U.S. mail approximately 2-3 weeks following the visit to the application center. An applicant also may check status online by visiting https://universalenroll.dhs.gov/ and clicking on “Service Status.” The Known Traveler Number is valid for five years.


Once approved as eligible for TSA Pre✓™, the enrollee must enter the provided KTN in the ‘Known Traveler Number’ field when booking travel reservations on any of the ten participating airlines.  The KTN also can be added when booking reservations online via a participating airline website, via phone call to the airline reservation center, or with the travel management company making reservations.  Additionally, the KTN can be entered in participating airline frequent flyer profiles, where it will be stored for future reservations.
Please make sure the name used when applying for the TSA Pre✓™ application program matches the name used when booking travel.
TSA Pre✓™ eligibility will be identified with a TSA Pre✓™ indicator on the boarding pass.
 
Important Notice

Please note, appointments may only be made for a date within a 45 day window of completing the online application, and if all available appointments are booked in that period, appointments would not be accepted, requiring the applicant to check back for availability. The applicant also may visit an application site as a “walk-in” without an appointment but could experience a longer wait time.

Ready to pre-enroll? Visit the TSA Pre✓™ application website.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. What if I do not meet the eligibility requirements?
A. If TSA determines that the applicant does not meet program eligibility requirements, the applicant will receive a letter via U.S. mail to the mailing address provided in the application with instructions on how to proceed.

Q. How can I pay?
A. Applicants pay at an application center with credit card, money order, company check, or certified/cashier's check. Cash and personal checks are not accepted. Application centers accept Visa®, MasterCard®, American Express, and Discover credit cards. Check and money order payments for all services should be made payable to "MorphoTrust USA." Checks and money orders must be written in the exact amount. No change or refunds can be given.

Q. Can I be refunded the $85 fee?
A. No. TSA uses the application fee to cover the costs of background checks after the application is submitted. Therefore, no refunds are allowed, even if it is determined that the applicant does not meet eligibility requirements.

Q. Where can I apply in-person?
A. For information and directions to your nearest application center, click here. TSA has more than 300 locations nationwide.

Q. Do I need to make an appointment for an application center?
A. Visit the TSA Pre✓™ appointment webpage to make an appointment or contact the Universal Enrollment Call Center at 1-855-DHS-UES1 (1-855-347-8371) Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. - 10 p.m., Eastern Time.  Walk-ins are also allowed at most application centers, but wait times may be longer.

Q. What documents do I need to bring to the application center?
A. View the list of required identity and proof of citizenship/immigration documents.

Q. How should I fill out my name on my application?
A. The name on the application must exactly match the name on the applicant’s identity and proof of citizenship/immigration documents and be the name used when booking travel reservations.

Q. What if I have legally changed my name and it does not match the name on my identity and proof of citizenship/immigration documents?
A. If the applicant has legally changed his or her name, that individual must provide an original or certified a court-ordered name change document (such as marriage certificates or divorce decrees) in addition to the required documentation. For example, when presenting a U.S. birth certificate with maiden name and a driver’s license with the married name, the applicant must also provide a marriage certificate that shows the link between the names on the birth certificate and the driver’s license.

Q. What happens if I cannot provide fingerprints or be fingerprinted?
A. For the in-person fingerprint collection, TSA has procedures to accommodate individuals who are partial or full amputees or who may be unable to provide ten-finger fingerprints.

Q. How will I be notified if I am approved?
A. If approved, the applicant will receive a notification letter with an assigned Known Traveler Number (KTN) via U.S. mail when TSA completes the review of their application. The assigned KTN must be used when booking travel reservations. Applicants can also check their status online.

Q. Will I receive a card or credential to be used when traveling?
A. No. There is no card or credential provided by the TSA Pre✓™ application program.  Instead, the traveler would use the provided Known Traveler Number (KTN) when booking travel.  The KTN can be provided online when booking a flight. It also can be saved in the traveler’s profile, or provided verbally to the airline representative when booking travel by phone.

Q. If I have already been approved for Global Entry, NEXUS, SENTRI, or if I already have a KTN,  do I need to apply for the TSA Pre✓™ application program?
A. Individuals who already have a KTN, including members of Global Entry, NEXUS, or SENTRI, need not enroll in the TSA Pre✓™ application program.

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Re: TSA Precheck
« Reply #600 on: December 06, 2017, 09:14:38 AM »
It's it possible to buy and pay for tsa pre (not Global entry) in advance? (Ie if you want to use someone else's credit card number to pay for it)

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Re: TSA Precheck
« Reply #601 on: January 05, 2018, 05:05:35 AM »
It's it possible to buy and pay for tsa pre (not Global entry) in advance? (Ie if you want to use someone else's credit card number to pay for it)

Why not get Global Entry, TSA Pre is included with it. You could use any CC you want, doesn't have to be yours.
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« Reply #602 on: January 05, 2018, 02:58:41 PM »
Why not get Global Entry, TSA Pre is included with it. You could use any CC you want, doesn't have to be yours.
What's if your passport is expired?

What is the wait time from the time you apply for Global Entry until you are approved?

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Re: TSA Precheck
« Reply #603 on: January 05, 2018, 04:27:27 PM »
What's if your passport is expired?

What is the wait time from the time you apply for Global Entry until you are approved?
You need a valid passport to apply for GE

When you apply for GE takes about a week for conditional approval and then you have to go down for an interview

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Re: TSA Precheck
« Reply #604 on: January 06, 2018, 02:57:14 PM »
You need a valid passport to apply for GE

When you apply for GE takes about a week for conditional approval and then you have to go down for an interview
can you apply for it and get a conditional approval and go down for the interview 2 months later?( is there a time frame of how long you have to go down for an interview after the conditional approval).
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Re: TSA Precheck
« Reply #605 on: January 06, 2018, 09:02:37 PM »
can you apply for it and get a conditional approval and go down for the interview 2 months later?( is there a time frame of how long you have to go down for an interview after the conditional approval).
I think you have a year to go for the appointment but need to schedule it within 30 days from conditional approval. Just keep in mind that you can change the appt if anything else opens up.

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« Reply #606 on: January 06, 2018, 09:29:42 PM »
I think you have a year to go for the appointment but need to schedule it within 30 days from conditional approval. Just keep in mind that you can change the appt if anything else opens up.
or to push it off
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« Reply #607 on: January 06, 2018, 10:09:44 PM »
or to push it off
Yup,meant that too.

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Re: TSA Precheck
« Reply #608 on: January 06, 2018, 11:40:40 PM »
I think you have a year to go for the appointment but need to schedule it within 30 days from conditional approval. Just keep in mind that you can change the appt if anything else opens up.
You can now check availability before starting the application

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« Reply #612 on: February 26, 2018, 02:52:33 PM »
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Re: TSA Precheck
« Reply #613 on: March 27, 2018, 12:40:54 AM »
If I apply for Nexus and it says I need to wait a couple of months before I can get an appointment can I apply for Global Entry in the interim which I can get approved for within a few weeks or once I apply for one thing I'm on hold and can't apply for another one?
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Re: TSA Precheck
« Reply #614 on: March 27, 2018, 12:43:49 AM »
I think you have a year to go for the appointment but need to schedule it within 30 days from conditional approval. Just keep in mind that you can change the appt if anything else opens up.

They may cancel after a year but generally if you keep your account active and you keep changing around the apt time they wont cancel and as long as they dont cancel ( it can be after a year) they will grant a interview.

Another point to mention they accept walk ins. Best idea would be to call before you go ( unless you happen to be at the airport anyhow) and ask if they are accepting walk ins at the moment.

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Re: TSA Precheck
« Reply #615 on: March 27, 2018, 12:45:12 AM »
Weird think happen, any explanation.
I used by Global entry # for Tsa Precheck a few weeks ago and now I tried putting it in a AA flight and the number did go through. Any reason why it would not have worked?

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« Reply #616 on: March 27, 2018, 01:23:02 AM »
Weird think happen, any explanation.
I used by Global entry # for Tsa Precheck a few weeks ago and now I tried putting it in a AA flight and the number did go through. Any reason why it would not have worked?
Your question doesn't really make sense but it seems like the most common reason for pre not to work is a wrong DOB.

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Re: TSA Precheck
« Reply #617 on: March 27, 2018, 02:20:05 AM »
Its weird since it worked for one flight but then the next flight a while later on a different airline it did not work.

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« Reply #618 on: March 27, 2018, 02:35:26 AM »
Its weird since it worked for one flight but then the next flight a while later on a different airline it did not work.
Could be that your info is saved differently by the two airlines, i.e. your name or DoB

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Re: TSA Precheck
« Reply #619 on: March 27, 2018, 09:42:40 AM »


Another point to mention they accept walk ins. Best idea would be to call before you go ( unless you happen to be at the airport anyhow) and ask if they are accepting walk ins at the moment.
Upon arrival in JFK, do I need appointment?