TSA PreCheck is a trusted traveler program that allows eligible travelers to enjoy expedited security screening at more than 200 airports and 85+ airlines across the country. Most members spend 5 minutes or less waiting in security (88% in June 2023), and with PreCheck, you do not need to remove shoes, laptops, liquids, belts, or light jackets.
Government employees are eligible for TSA PreCheck, and in many cases, they may even be able to get it for free. This article will provide an overview of TSA PreCheck for government employees, including how to apply, the benefits, and the cost.
Who is eligible for TSA PreCheck?
To be eligible for TSA PreCheck, you must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident, and you must pass a background check. Government employees are eligible for TSA PreCheck if they meet the following criteria:
- U.S. citizen or permanent resident
- Employed by a U.S. federal, state, or local government agency
- Have a valid government-issued ID
How to apply for TSA PreCheck
To apply for TSA PreCheck, you can visit the TSA website and complete the online application. You will need to provide your personal information, contact information, and government employee ID number. You will also need to pay a non-refundable application fee of $85.
Once you have submitted your application, you will receive an email with instructions on how to schedule an appointment at an enrollment center. At your appointment, you will have your fingerprints taken and your photo taken. You will also need to show your government employee ID and another form of identification.
Benefits of TSA PreCheck for government employees
TSA PreCheck offers a number of benefits to government employees, including:
- Expedited security screening: TSA PreCheck members typically spend 5 minutes or less waiting in security.
- Keep shoes, laptops, liquids, belts, and light jackets on: TSA PreCheck members do not need to remove these items at security.
- Access to TSA PreCheck lanes at participating airports: TSA PreCheck lanes are typically shorter and faster than the regular security lanes.
- TSA PreCheck membership is valid for five years: Once you are approved for TSA PreCheck, your membership will be valid for five years.
Cost of TSA PreCheck for government employees
The application fee for TSA PreCheck is $85. However, many government agencies offer reimbursement for the application fee. Check with your agency to see if you are eligible for reimbursement.
How to use TSA PreCheck
To use TSA PreCheck, you will need to provide your TSA PreCheck Known Traveler Number (KTN) when you book your flight. You can find your KTN on your TSA PreCheck approval letter or by logging into your TSA PreCheck account.
When you arrive at the airport, follow the signs for TSA PreCheck. You will need to show your boarding pass and government employee ID to the TSA officer. The TSA officer will verify your KTN and direct you to the TSA PreCheck lane.
Tips for TSA PreCheck
Here are a few tips for using TSA PreCheck:
- Make sure to provide your KTN when you book your flight.
- Arrive at the airport early, even if you have TSA PreCheck.
- Be prepared to show your boarding pass and government employee ID to the TSA officer.
- Follow the instructions of the TSA officer.
TSA PreCheck is a convenient and time-saving program for government employees. It is easy to apply for and can save you hours of waiting in security. If you are a government employee and you travel frequently, consider enrolling in TSA PreCheck.
Additional information for government employees
In addition to the information above, here are a few additional things that government employees should know about TSA PreCheck:
- Government employees may be eligible for free TSA PreCheck. Many government agencies offer reimbursement for the TSA PreCheck application fee. Check with your agency to see if you are eligible for reimbursement.
- Government employees can use their government employee ID to enroll in TSA PreCheck. When you visit an enrollment center, you will need to show your government employee ID and another form of identification.
- Government employees can use TSA PreCheck for personal and official travel. TSA PreCheck is valid for both personal and official travel.
TSA PreCheck is a great benefit for government employees. It can save you time and hassle at the airport. If you are a government employee and you travel frequently, consider enrolling in TSA PreCheck.