How Does One Enroll for the TSA's Precheck Service?


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Low-risk travelers apply for the TSA Precheck program in person at an application center by presenting identifying documentation. The applicant must be fingerprinted and pay a nonrefundable processing fee at the time of application.

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How Does One Enroll for the TSA's Precheck Service?
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The TSA requires Precheck program is only available for U.S. citizens or lawful permanent residents without convictions for certain crimes. Examples of disqualifying crimes include espionage or treason, murder, kidnapping, arson and terrorism. The TSA performs a background check as well as checking resources such as Interpol, terrorist watch lists and databases.

The identifying documents presented during the application process must include at least one photo ID. All forms of identification must be current and not expired. Certain documents, such as a U.S. Passport, enhanced driver's license or permanent resident card, satisfy the identification requirement. Applicants without one of these items must present two other acceptable documents, such as a state driver's license or military ID card, plus another document, such as a certified birth certificate or U.S. Certificate of Citizenship.

The application processing takes two to three weeks. If the TSA approves the application, the traveler receives a Known Traveler Number, or KTN, in the mail. The number is valid for five years. The traveler enters the number each time he books a flight with a participating airline.

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