What Is a Redress Number?


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A redress number is number assigned by the Department of Homeland Securty (DHS), to help eliminate incorrect watch list identification and help verify a person's identity. With the new watch lists from the DHS, FBI and other government branches being consolidated it can be difficult to sort out a watch list mistake. With a redress number, the Transportation Safety Administration can cross-reference passenger information across the various lists to minimize errors.

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Making a redress request to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) can help someone avoid being mistakenly identified as someone on the watch list at screening stations, such as those at airports or country borders. A traveler may request a redress control number through the DHS Traveler Redress Inquiry Program website. This number can be entered when reservations are made to speed up the check-in process during various travel situations.

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