What happens next?
During your application, you’ll schedule a 10-minute in-person appointment at a TSA enrollment center. There, you will provide your identification documents, such as a passport, and get your fingerprints taken. You’ll also pay the $85 fee, which includes membership in TSA PreCheck for five years.
Has the COVID-19 pandemic affected the TSA enrollment centers?
Some enrollment centers have closed, but many remain open, some with modified hours (specific locations and hours are available online). The TSA recommends that you make an appointment rather than just walk in. This will ensure that you receive a notification if your appointment is canceled and will allow the center to manage the number of people arriving at one time. Enrollment center staff have been trained to increase cleaning protocols, according to the TSA.
How do I check my TSA PreCheck status?
Many applicants are approved within several days of their visit to the enrollment center. You can check your status online, and you should receive written communication in approximately two to three weeks.
How do I use TSA PreCheck?
When you book a flight, make sure you enter your Known Traveler Number (also known as your KTN) in your airline flight profile. Your TSA PreCheck status will automatically be indicated on your boarding pass, allowing you to access the expedited security lines in the airport. The length of security lines differs at every airport—even with TSA PreCheck, you could still face a lengthy wait. To check wait times, get the MyTSA App.
I’ve heard about Global Entry … how does it differ from TSA PreCheck?
Global Entry from U.S. Customs and Border Protection is a similar program for international travelers. It provides expedited clearance for preapproved, low-risk travelers upon arrival in the United States.
Pro tip: Global Entry includes TSA PreCheck, so if you apply for Global Entry first and pay $100, you can get the benefits of both programs. If you apply for TSA PreCheck first and decide later to apply for Global Entry, you will pay the $85 TSA PreCheck fee in addition to the $100 Global Entry fee.
For answers to more specific TSA PreCheck questions, including how to renew, see this TSA FAQ.