How Do You Qualify for TSA Precheck?


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The TSA PreCheck program requires applicants to be United States citizens or lawful permanent residents. There is also a list of permanent and interim criminal offenses that can disqualify an applicant.

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How Do You Qualify for TSA Precheck?
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Applicants must have valid documentation of their identity and citizenship status to qualify for a TSA precheck. As of March 2015, the application fee is $85.

Applicants are permanently disqualified from the program if they have been convicted of or have attempted to commit espionage, treason, sedition, murder or an act of terrorism as defined by 18 U.S.C. 2332b(g) or a comparable state law. Crimes involving a transportation security incident, as well as improper transportation of a hazardous material, are also permanently disqualifying, as well as crimes involving explosives, making bomb threats or racketeering.

Interim disqualifying criminal offenses are those for which a conviction or plea of insanity occurred within the prior seven years. Applicants are disqualified for five years after a prison release for crimes in this category. These crimes include firearms violations, extortion, fraud, smuggling, bribery, immigration violations, arson, kidnapping, sexual assault, robbery, voluntary manslaughter or distribution of a controlled substance.

Being wanted or under indictment for a felony in any of the previously listed charges also disqualifies applicants from the program.

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