The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) on Dec. 3 announced the first application site for its TSA Pre-Check Application Program at the Indianapolis International Airport (IND), and unveiled the online pre-enrollment program at www.tsa.gov.
Before you rush to complete the pre-enrollment, however, be aware that you’ll
have to physically visit an application site to provide fingerprints and show
the required documentation. At present, the only such site is at IND. Depending
on your travel plans and how frequently you visit Indy, you might do well to
wait until an application site opens near you, as the $85 application fee is
if you live in or near Indy or travel through IND frequently, travelers will be
able to apply and complete their background interview at the application center.
By the end of the year, TSA expects to open application centers in the New York
City area, the Washington, D.C. metro area and the Los Angeles area. TSA
ultimately plans to expand to more than 300 application centers across the
The TSA Pre-Check application process allows U.S. citizens to go through a
pre-enrollment process online and visit an application center to provide
biographic information (e.g. name, date of birth, address, etc.), fingerprints,
payment and valid required identity and citizenship/immigration documentation.
All TSA Pre-Check program applicants must visit an application center in-person
to verify their identity and citizenship/immigration status as well as to
As application centers open across the country, this new process will allow
all U.S. travelers the ability to apply directly to TSA’s popular expedited
“This new application process will greatly increase the availability of TSA
Pre-Check benefits to a broader population of travelers nationwide,” said TSA
Administrator John S. Pistole. “TSA Pre-Check is enabling us to move away from
a one-size-fits-all approach to transportation security, as we look for more
opportunities to provide the most effective security in the most efficient way.”
The TSA Pre-Check Application Program requires a background check,
fingerprints, and an application fee of $85 for a five-year membership.
Once approved, travelers will receive a Known Traveler Number (KTN) and will
have the opportunity to utilize TSA Pre-Check lanes at security checkpoints at
more than 100 participating airports and on nine major U.S. airlines.
As always, TSA continues to incorporate random and unpredictable security
measures throughout the airport and no individual will be guaranteed expedited
Additional program information and how to enroll can be found at www.tsa.gov.
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